Celebrity Support for Martlets Hospice Art Initiative

Celebrities including David Cameron, Frank Skinner, Julian Clary, Alan Titchmarsh, Tony Robinson and Grayson Perry have produced works of art to support a special charity initiative in Brighton. Martlets Hospice recently announced their ‘Top Secret Art Project’ – an exciting exhibition and auction of original A5 sized art produced by celebrities, professional and amateur artists with a unique twist.

The project is ‘top secret’ in that the artists have signed the back of their work and who has produced which piece of art will not be revealed until after the online auction. There are almost 300 pieces of art in all manner of styles and mediums including oils, watercolours, photographs and collages.  A real eclectic mixture of art and something for all artistic tastes.

The Martlets receives less than a third of its funding from the government and so must raise £11,000 a day to care for patients and their families so initiatives like this play a vital role in their continuing care in the region.

The celebrity contributions will be displayed alongside pieces by professional and amateur artists, all using their artistic talent to raise money for Martlets Hospice. All artwork will be displayed in a one day exhibition which will take place at the Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton on Sunday 11th October from 2.30pm – 6.00pm. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge and all are welcome. Come along and see this amazing exhibition and try to guess who produced which piece.

Some examples of works submitted to Martlets Secret Art Exhibition
Some examples of works submitted to Martlets Secret Art Exhibition

The art will then be auctioned online on eBay from 6th October to 15th October, and once live, the link to view and bid on the art will be available from the Martlets website www.themartlets.org.uk/topsecretart from 6th October.

Elizabeth Baxter, Top Secret Art Project organiser, said: “A list of all the names of who has produced a piece of art will be available, both at the exhibition and online, but who created which piece will remain top secret until the end of the online auction. So it’s all down to the bidders – they could win a piece by a celebrity or one by a local amateur artist, however we hope that they will bid generously on the art that appeals to them and win something they will love. Thanks to our main sponsors, Southern Railway, all the costs of the Top Secret Art Project are covered so all the proceeds from the sale of the art will go to fund our patient care.”

The Martlets Hospice in Hove provides end of life care services to adults with terminal illness including cancer and also works with the Sussex Community NHS Trust to deliver the Palliative Care Partnership; this provides a single point of contact for people affected by life limiting illness in Brighton & Hove.