A fantastic idea to raise funds for St Wilfrid's Hospice, The Big Art Secret will be an exhibition of dozens of small works of art at the Towner Gallery, followed by an auction of the pictures. The Hospice has a target to raise £5.3 million over the next two years as part of their efforts to transform end of life care. I knew they rely a lot on donations to keep going but did not realise that only 15% of their money is currently provided by the NHS.
Each picture will be just the size of a postcard and they will have been created by as many different people as would like to take part in the event. Some will be by celebrities such as David Dimbleby, the patron of the new Hospice campaign, others will be by locally or nationally famous artists, and still more will be by local people and hospice patients. All the postcards will be exhibited in the Towner for a week prior to the auction to give potential buyers time to choose their favourites. However, and here's the twist, all the postcards will only be signed on the back so buyers will be tempted purely by the art itself - they won't know who 'their artist' is until after the auction!
St Wilfrid's would like to encourage as many local people to take part as possible, regardless of their artistic self-belief. The 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. Also the instructions say 'painting', I have checked and any media is acceptable - as long as it fits within the postcard. The deadline for contributions is the end of June.
Who knows, your art might be snapped up by an important collector, or you might even buy my postcard!