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 were the size of a CD case and were sold anonymously. 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.
This first Secret Art Show was a tremendous success, raising £20,000 to support the work of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. In 2011 the MS Trust decided to build on this success and to make the show more accessible. The annual Secret Art Shows are now all online shows, enabling MS Trust supporters and art lovers to view and purchase the art wherever they live in the UK. Our 2015 Secret Art Show is our first on Ebay.
The MS Trust now has over 70 well-known artists who regularly support the show, many of these artists have work that sells for thousands of pounds. This is in addition to a large number of other artists who give their time and talent to support the shows.
The Secret Art Shows receive tremendous publicity from the national media, helping to raise valuable funds for the MS Trust and also giving people the chance to own a very special piece of art for only £45. The shows have now raised over £100,000 to support the work of the MS Trust.
Each year the Secret Art Show creates a real buzz as people wait to see what art will become available. Some pore over the art to try and spot which pieces are by famous artists, others simply choose the pieces they love. However you choose to view the Secret Art Show, we hope you will agree this is an exciting way to make original pieces of art accessible and affordable and a positive way to help people living with Multiple Sclerosis.
The 2015 Secret Art Show will open for preview on Monday 29th June 2015 and open for sale a week later on Ebay on Monday 6th July 2015.
If you are an artist who would like to contribute to our 2016 exhibition, find out more by clicking this link.