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Shrewsbury art event set to support four good causes

An exciting new arts event will aim to raise thousands of pounds for four charities later this month.

Pictured from left, Shrewsbury artists who have contributed to the event, Linda Edwards and Rob Leckey, organiser Jonathan Soden and Shrewsbury contributing artist Karen Duffy.
Pictured from left, Shrewsbury artists who have contributed to the event, Linda Edwards and Rob Leckey, organiser Jonathan Soden and Shrewsbury contributing artist Karen Duffy.

The Soden Collection in Shrewsbury, one of the region’s leading contemporary galleries, is curating the region’s first ‘Secret Artist Sale’ on behalf of Breast Cancer Now, The Samaritans, Trees for Shropshire and Alzheimer’s Society.

The unique two-day event will be held on August 20-21 as part of the Shrewsbury Arts Trail, and will feature around 100 pieces of original art contributed from international, national, local and emerging artists.

“We are really looking forward to hosting The Secret Artist Sale," said Jonathan Soden, proprietor of The Soden Collection in Wyle Cop. "It’s going to be a lot of fun and an opportunity for people to acquire work by some outstanding artists, such as Halima Cassell MBE, Philip Sutton RA, The Doodle Boy and Matt Sewell for an amazing price.

"All the work will be A5 size, signed on the reverse, and for sale for a standard price of £50.A list of all contributing artists will be published in advance and we will be building interest and excitement as the event approaches."

Visitors will be able to view the work on the Saturday while the Sunday will be purchasing day when they can return to buy the artwork on a first come first served basis.

"We anticipate a good deal of interest from visitors around the region and we are really grateful to all of the artists for their time and generosity," he added. “We think that the quality of work on show will be of a very high standard so that there is a good amount of interest and income for the charities who will receive all the proceeds, which we hope will run into thousands of pounds. We would love this to become an annual event.”

For further information, visit sodencollection.com/secretartistsale

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