Silent auction may save Quay Arts for the future

Silent auction may save Quay Arts for the future

To help keep our wonderful artistic hub, Quay Arts, is running a silent auction, Shhhhhhhh, with people bidding for one of the 60 wonderful works of art that have been donated to  help the Quay Arts to continue its great work.

In a massive push to get badly needed funds for the future, Quay Arts has asked Island artists to donate their work for a Shhhhhhhh, a week long silent auction that will end on December 12th. Download the catalogue for the exhibition and choose the work or works of art you can’t live without and you will be helping the Quay Arts to continue its great work.

After April 2012 Quay Arts will not be part of the National Portfolio of Arts Council funded organisations and the IW Council has reviewed its spending and will not be able to fund the Quay in the same way, making the future uncertain this wonderful centre for the arts. In response to this news, artists across the Island and the country generously donated their work for auction in a bid to help raise funds for Quay Arts (Reg. Charity No. 272007).

Amongst the 60 works of art in Shhhhhhhh are signature pieces by some of the Island’s best loved artists and those who have exhibited at the Quay in the past.

Photographs of Eric Geddes’ seaside installations hang alongside lively works by abstract painter Lisa Traxler. Carinthia West the daughter of Michael West, after whom the  main gallery is named, has donated a photographic print and Janice Thwaites has given several photographic prints of her imaginative work.

There are beautiful ceramics by nationally recognised potters Matt Chambers and Sue Paraskeva and a beautiful signature dish from the Island’s Studio Potter Molly Attrill. Judes Crow has given a large canvas of her instantly recognisable paintings and Peter Wright donated a very characteristic view with trees. A colourful painting by celebrated British artist Richard Kidd (d.2008) is also included, as well as a limited edition print by Royal Academician Chris Orr.

This is a fantastic opportunity to own and invest in original artwork, whilst supporting the Quay. Bidding ends December 12th  – the highest bidder wins, so make sure you bid generously.

How to Bid

In order to place a bid you first need to register with Quay Arts and you can do this by calling Reception on 01983 822490 (Mon – Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm or you can email giving the lot number, your bid (maximum bids are recommended) and telephone number.

You will be assigned a unique four digit number which you will need to quote if you choose to make further bids. So you can keep an eye on your bid, your unique number will be posted onto an updated version of the online catalogue, which will list the latest bid and unique number next to each lot.

There is a starting bid for all works and a few rules:  Lots below a starting bid of £29 must increase by a minimum increment of £1, Lots between a starting bid of £30 – £99 must increase by a minimum increment of £5, Lots above a starting bid of £100 must increase by a minimum increment of £10.

If you win you will be notified and you will then need to make payment (payments can be made over the phone or in person) and come in to collect your piece at Quay Arts.  Postage can be arranged for some items (additional costs apply).

Any purchase between £100 and £2,000 is eligible for purchase through the Own Art scheme, an initiative designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to own art. The amount you borrow is then paid back over 10 months in equal instalments – completely interest free. Please call Reception for further details.