Charity art sale a huge success as it raises over £8,000 for Shrewsbury

Queue to enter has diminished Wyle Cop

Wyle Cop’s Soden Collection, a leading contemporary gallery, hosted the region’s first “Secret Artist Sale” in aid of charity and declared the event a huge success.

“We were amazed at the response to the Secret Artist Sale – not only did people queue for hours to be part of it, but we managed to raise over £8,000 for charity, topping all our expectations,” said the gallery’s Jonathan Soden, who hosted the weekend with Tina Boyle and Jocelyne Fildes.

The event featured around 120 original works of art by international, national, local and emerging artists and raised funds for four good causes: Breast Cancer Now, The Samaritans, Trees for Shropshire and Alzheimer’s Society.

Organizers Tina Boyle, Jonathan Soden and Jocelyne Fildes perform the official opening

“All the work was standard size and all for sale at £50,” added Jonathan. “So this was a fantastic opportunity for people to acquire original paintings by exceptional artists such as Halima Cassell MBE, Philip Sutton RA, The Doodle Boy and Matt Sewell for an exceptional price.

“We would like to thank all the artists who kindly contributed and all the many customers who lined up.

“Even though some of them were there for hours and hours, there was a great vibe.

“I don’t think Wyle Cop has ever seen anything like it!”

The first customers James, Oscar and Phoebe Alexander, who camped overnight

The sale opened at 10am and they sold out in just over an hour.

The event also included a raffle and a “silent auction” for larger works of art.

“The success has been overwhelming,” added Jonathan. “We are already getting offers for artwork for next year, so we hope to make this an annual event in Shrewsbury.”

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