Secret Art Sales Raises £12.5K for a Raft of Charities
30 Oct 2023

A unique Shropshire art event, for which customers queued overnight outside The Soden Collection on Wyle Cop, raised over £12,500 for a raft of local charities.

The Secret Artist Sale organisers were delighted to present over £12,500 to five chosen charities following the successful art event at The Soden Collection this summer - Breast Cancer Now, Lingen Davies, Alzheimer's Society, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Severn Hospice.

The exciting initiative, back for a second year this August, featured 250 pieces of work by some of the region’s best-known names, as well as international and emerging artists.

Purchasers have no idea which artists they are buying until they turn over the works, after sale. Every piece has the same price tag - £50. 

The 'buzz' around the event has seen people queuing along Wyle Cop and even sleeping over night in the hope of 'bagging' their favourite artists, with big names including internationally famous comic book artists, The Doodle Boy and others. 

The organising team outside The Soden Collection

The organising team outside The Soden Collection, as customers queued to be first in line

Jonathan Soden of The Soden Collection in Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, which hosts the event, said: “We have now handed over all the money we raised to our five good causes.

“The event was a huge success – we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the artists who donated work and by the response of the public. One man travelled from Warwickshire to queue up overnight and there was a line of people down Wyle Cop waiting for us to open. Everyone was blown away by the quality of the art on show and there was a wonderful atmosphere in the gallery.”

Emma Backhouse, acting chief executive offices of Lingen Davies said: “The Secret Artist Sale is a fabulous event and Lingen Davies was delighted to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries.

“We are thrilled that it raised such an impressive amount and a big well done to everyone involved in organising.”