A secret online art auction hosted by Maiden Beech Academy has raised £351 for a school exchange trip to India. Among 26 lots entered in the auction, comprising of drawings and paintings by amateur and professional artists, were works by cartoonist, illustrator, writer and former Children’s Laureate, Sir Quentin Saxby Blake CBE, his former student at the Royal College of Art in London, Emma Chichester Clark – a children’s book illustrator and author, and Linda Kitson known for her professional work as a war artist.
In lots 27 -29 an exclusive collection of signed books and DVDs, generously donated by Oscar winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes were up for offer. A collection of reverse paintings, worked on the inside of sheets of acrylic in mixed media, by Raja Subhasish a school teacher in India and artist in his own right, were also offered for sale. Bidders in the secret auction which ran from November 29th until December 8th, were not told who the artists were until the pieces were sold and the name of each artist was revealed. The money raised will go towards an exchange trip for Year 8 students, to the TVS School in Bangalore, India in February. Our featured photo shows Year 8 students Tyler, Tess, Lara and Rosemary with the art exhibits at Maiden Beech Academy.