Send in art for a secretive show

One of the pictures which will be exhibited at the show
One of the pictures which will be exhibited at the show

THIS striking image will be one of dozens exhibited at the Towner as part of a fundraising tie-in with St Wilfrid’s Hospice – and organisers want Herald readers to submit their own work to join it hanging on the gallery’s walls.

The charity has got together with the award-winning Towner to stage an exhibition later this year, with every item auctioned off after a week-long showcase.

And, to make matters more interesting, every single piece will be anonymous – meaning bidders could end up with a painting done by a renowned artist, a celebrity supporter, a hospice patient or an undiscovered local talent.

Called The Big Art Secret, the show will be based around original postcard sized pieces of art – some of which have already been submitted, like the one pictured.

But, while the campaign will no doubt prove popular with the local art community, organisers say it really is a case of the more the merrier.

Charles Grimaldi, ambassador for St Wilfrid’s, said, “We’d like to invite everyone to take part in The Big Art Secret. The more submissions we have the more we hope to raise.

“The hospice has a target to raise £5.3 million over the next two years as part of our efforts to transform end of life care – only 15 per cent of hospice running costs are currently provided by the NHS.

“The auction aims to raise much needed funds for the hospice’s new campaign - Campaign Hospice Reach – a campaign to improve end of life care for every person in our community.”

Special blank art cards, instructions and a pre-addressed envelopes are available from reception at Towner, reception at the Hospice in Mill Gap Road or at any of the hospice shops in Eastbourne, Seaford, Hailsham, Heathfield and Uckfield.

The deadline for contributions is the end of June.