About the Secret Art Show
In November 2010, Jill Holt, a founder of the MS Trust, and Stuart Martin put on what was described as “one of the most exciting exhibitions to hit Yorkshire this year.” by the Yorkshire Post.
The Secret Art Show in York gave visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to buy a mini-masterpiece for only £45. All pieces of artwork measured 12cm x 12cm (the size of a CD case) and were sold anonymously for the MS Trust. Each was signed on the back and only at the end of the three week show, when received by its new owner, was the identity of the artist revealed.
The Secret Art Show was a tremendous success, raising £20,000 to support the work of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, double what the organisers had hoped! Due to the unprecedented success of the Secret Art Show and the support the MS Trust received from the artist community, we decided to continue this fantastic fundraising idea; only this time online so that all MS Trust supporters and art lovers could view and purchase the art.
We held the first online Secret Art Show in June 2011, raising an additional £11,000. 80% of the art work sold in the first two weeks and the show received great coverage in the press, including a review by the Daily Mirror’s art critic. The exhibition not only raised valuable funds for the MS Trust, but also awareness of multiple sclerosis and the help offered by the MS Trust to those affected by it. We hope that it also raised the profile of some incredibly talented and generous artists!
The Secret Art Show has now raised over £87,000 to support the work of the MS Trust; funding vital education and support for MS nurses and therapists; the most up-to-date and reliable information for people affected by MS and practical research that benefits those living with MS now.
The 2014 Secret Art Show closed for online sales on Tuesday 5th August 2014.
If you are an artist who would like to contribute to our 2016 exhibition, find out more by clicking this link.