St. Wilfrid’s Hospice want to let you in on a big secret!

You could end up buying a Grayson Perry piece for pennies

St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in East Sussex has announced that Grayson Perry the English artist that is known for his stunning ceramic pots will be one of the many celebrities and artists that contribute to the 2014 Secret Art Auction.

Other participants include contemporary artist Sue Campion, Glyndebourne artist in residence Julian Sutherland–Beatson, Saatchi winner Barry Wilson, professional painter and workshop tutor Elda Abramson, comedian Graham Norton, hospice patron and TV presenter David Dimbleby, Prime Minister David Cameron and TV personality Andrew Marr, with others to be announced in the coming weeks.
The artworks will be exhibited anonymously in the prestigious Towner, the South East’s largest gallery and award-winning contemporary art museum, which is the host and partner for the event.

All the artworks will be available to buy on eBay from just 99p. The auction includes submissions from celebrities, artists, staff and patients, and people in the local community, who have all donated postcard-sized works to raise funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Towner.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice Chief Executive Kara Bishop commented: “This is an opportunity for anyone, not just art collectors, to support our charity and gain substantially from it, be it in terms of owning a valuable piece of artwork or from the enjoyment we can all get from a piece of art that truly strikes us as beautiful or moving.

“The auction will appeal to art collectors and complete newcomers to the art world, but the beauty is, with artists from household names to hospice patients, nobody will really know which ones are by a famous artist until after the auction has finished. Throughout the exhibition, each piece will have a QR code that will take the bidder straight to the piece on eBay, which will show the latest bid as well as an invitation to bid.”

This is the second time St Wilfrid’s Hospice has run the event, with famous artists Tracey Emin and David Hockney taking part in last year’s auction, which raised a phenomenal £50,000 for the local hospice. The Hockney piece was successfully bid for by a lucky person on a mobile phone in a bar in Sardinia.
Emma Morris, CEO at Towner, said: “We are very happy to support this worthwhile event, which raises money for such an important local cause, St Wilfrid’s Hospice. What I really like about this fundraising auction is that it’s completely anonymous right until the end, so you could end up buying a Grayson Perry piece for pennies, such a fantastic idea! Central to Towner’s mission is developing, supporting and celebrating local artistic practice, which this exhibition does – and more.”

The profits from the auction will be split, with 80 per cent going to St Wilfrid’s Hospice and 20 per cent to Towner Charitable Trust.

The exhibition will be held at Towner from Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 March. The auction, which will run on eBay, will be active from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 March.