After nine weeks on the streets of Brighton & Hove it is time for all 50 unique Snailspace sculptures to find their forever homes. These one-off pieces of art will go under the hammer today (Monday 3rd December) at Brighton’s iconic Metropole Hotel to raise money for Martlets life-changing hospice care.
It is a rare opportunity not only to collect a beautiful bespoke artwork but also to make a difference to one of the city’s vital charities that supports people in our community when they most need it.
The auctioneer in charge of proceedings is Mark Stacey, one of UK’s best-known antiques valuers and auctioneers. Having worked for Bonhams, Sotheby’s, Hamptons/Dreweatt Neate Fine Art and Decorative Arts, Mark has also appeared for many years on popular BBC antique shows Flog It and Bargain Hunt. With more than 20 years’ experience in the antiques world, he is in demand as an antiques expert and is sure to bring a bit of flair to the proceedings.
Speaking about the Snailspace Auction, Sally Brighton, Director of Income Generation at Martlets said: “We’re delighted to have Mark as our auctioneer for the Snailspace auction and would like to thank him for his support. With Mark at the helm we look forward to ‘bidding’ our Snails a fond farewell, knowing that the money they raise will make a huge different to our patients and their families.”
Imelda Glackin, CEO Martlets said: “In 2016 we were thrilled by the great success of the Snowdogs campaign which, in addition to raising £310,000 for Martlets, also contributed a staggering £10.1m to the local economy. This autumn our giant gastropods have generated an enormous amount of interest and we hope they will prove just as popular at auction. We were delighted to work once again with creative trailblazers Wild in Art to deliver the exhibition, and we thank everyone involved in Snailspace from the bottom of our shells for making this unforgettable event happen.
“All proceeds from our auction will enable Martlets to continue providing life-changing hospice care for local people affected by terminal illness. As a charity, it costs approx £7 million to run the hospice each year, of which just 21% comes from NHS funding. The rest we need to raise from our local community, so please dig deep and bid generously!
“In this fast-paced city it’s often hard to remember to slow down and appreciate the things in life that make us smile, but our strikingly painted Snails have been a constant reminder take a moment and enjoy the time we have with the people we share our lives with.”
There are so many fabulous snails to bid on that there is surely something for everyone. Each mighty mollusc is a unique artwork, created by an eclectic mix of artists. Some of the snails have been sponsored and the artwork commissioned by Snailspace celebrities, from ‘Sanderson’, a seaside sandcastle snail conceived by YouTuber Alfie Deyes, to a snail designed as a police pursuit vehicle called, ‘Nee Nor’, imagined by best-selling crime novelist, Peter James. Or how about bidding on the coolest Bluetooth speaker ever, a snail designed by street artists Cassette Lord and DJ Fatboy Slim to look like a retro mix tape with a Sonos system hidden inside?
Other fabulous and utterly unusual snails that would look amazing either inside or out are ‘Fabtastic’ and Scoopalicious’, snails fashioned into iconic ice-lollies, which create a sense of nostalgia for the typical British seaside experience. Or, who wouldn’t want to own ‘I Ain’t No Slug’ a snail that looks like a funfair dogem, comes complete with a steering wheel, and can be sat in by kids of all ages.
There are 50 unique sculptures for sale and a complete list of artists and designs can be found on the Snailspace website (https://www.snailspacebrighton.co.uk). However, if your wallet won’t quite stretch to one of the giant snails, or perhaps you only have a postage stamp-sized backyard, then how about a limited edition miniature version of ‘Feelin Groovy’, created by artist Pinky which is on sale via the Martlets online shop (https://www.themartlets.org.uk/shop/feelin-groovy).
The auction will also be streamed live on Snailspace Facebook page @snailspacebh.