Silent charity auction a success in Midhurst

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MORE than £1,000 was raised when an auction with a difference was held in Midhurst.

The Wheatsheaf pub hosted the 100-canvas anonymous silent auction event in its function room.

It featured paintings and photographs produced by artists, both experts and amatuer, to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Midhurst Rother College student material fund.

It was organised by head of art Jeanette Sutton who had heard about a similar event in which Damien Hurst took part – only to find his contribution did not raise as much as that of a student.

The charity Teenage Cancer Trust was chosen following the recovery of one of the college’s art students from leukaemia.

Each artist was provided with an A4 canvas and all work was exhibited anonymously – information about the artist only discovered after the bidder had won the canvas.

“In the end 67 canvases and photos were auctioned, which was a delightful outcome for the first event,” said Mrs Sutton, “I was delighted to find out how many people wanted to contribute, either as well-known and successful artists or as amateurs who wanted to ‘have a go’. It is an event I would definitely like to organise again, maybe as part of MADhurst Festival.