The ‘Under The Bed’ cheap original art sale returns to the Cupola Gallery in Sheffield this month

Cupola Gallery’s traditional ‘Under The Bed’ sale was unable to take place last year due to Covid restrictions, but is back in its traditional timeslot from today until January 5.

Organizers say prices for items that will be on sale range from £1 to £350.

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Sheffield Cupola Gallery, on Middlewood Road, Sheffield is holding its ‘Under the Bed Sale’. In the photo, Graham Shapley, director of the gallery, looks at the works on display.

The sale allows artists to unearth works of art that they no longer like or early works of art that they would not exhibit and resell them at advantageous prices. Art lovers have the chance to find original works of art at low prices at the gallery on Middlewood Road in Hillsborough.

The ‘Under the Bed’ sales concept originated many years ago when gallery owner, Karen Sherwood, visited an artist friend, Lyn Hodnett, who then pulled out a load of original artwork literally from under his bed.

She showed it as examples of old and ancient works. When asked if she wanted to exhibit it, she said no, as they were outdated and no longer relevant. But she said she would sell them.

“The ‘Under The Bed Sale’ is undoubtedly the most anticipated event on the Cupola exhibition calendar. We joke that if we cancel it, there might just be a ‘riot’!” said gallery director Karen Sherwood.

“The works for sale are totally unselected and open to everyone. The sale is open to amateurs and professionals of all mediums. The youngest contributor we’ve had to date was eight years old, and the oldest we know of was 97. We receive on average between 2 and 4000 articles.

“Unlike a traditional sale, we do not reduce the price of the works exhibited in the gallery, because we do not own them. All Under The Bed sale items are sent or delivered for sale only. Therefore, the exhibits may have never been exhibited either in the gallery or elsewhere. The sale has already been described by a visitor as a “trade show sale” and I think that is an apt description. »

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