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  • 25 September 2021 - 29 September 2021
  • Free to register
  • Habitats & Heritage event

25th – 29th September 2021, ONLINE

So, what’s the secret? Royal Academicians, acclaimed local artists, art professionals, students and talented amateurs kindly donate artwork for sale – but we don’t reveal the artist’s name until the art is bought!

Join in to buy art:

All artworks are exhibited anonymously on the event website and sold for £40 each on a first come, first served basis. This enables buyers to purchase art they like at an affordable price, whilst offering them the chance of owning work by a renowned artist or celebrity. Only when the art is sold is the name of the artist revealed.

All profits from the Secret Art Sale go to support the work of local charity Habitats & Heritage. The event, now in its sixth year, has so far raised over £70,000 for environmental projects in south and west London. During that time, Habitats & Heritage (previously Environment Trust and South West London Environment Network) welcomed over 600 school children to a WW2 air raid shelter, built multiple Green Hubs to create nature corridors, created a thriving nature reserve which is now cherished by the local community and mobilised over 2,000 volunteers.

Ken Howard OBE RA, Sir Quentin Blake CBE FCSD, Norman Ackroyd CBE RA, Dame Emma Thompson, Alison Wilding OBE RA, Roger McGough CBE FRSL, Ian Ritchie RA, James Butler MBA RA, Nigel Hall RA, Chris Wilkinson OBE RA, Frank Bowling OBE RA, Peter Randall-Page RA, Piers Gough CBE RA David Harsent, Peter Davison…are just some of the fantastic artists who have supported the SECRET ART SALE in the past!

Axel Scheffler, the best-selling illustrator of many favourite children’s picture books, including the award-winning The Gruffalo is one of the charity’s patrons and donates an illustration every year.

Axel says: “The Secret Art Sale is a unique way to raise funds for the important work that Habitats & Heritage does. I’m delighted to take part again this year and I encourage other local artists to contribute a piece of art for this great cause.”

Gill Smith, an artist and print-maker based in South West London, and a regular supporter says,” The Secret Art Sale is a fantastic event that showcases a wide variety of different artworks from anonymous artists. I live in South West London and Habitats & Heritage is a wonderful local charity that I can support by donating my art. I look forward to working on this year’s piece.

Lucia Pekarova, Habitats & Heritage Events Officer says: “We are delighted so many renowned artists have donated art. It is not just for professional artists – we would encourage everyone to get involved by contributing or buying art. This is our flagship fundraising event of the year and we want to make this our best Secret Art Sale yet.”

This year, with your help, we are hoping to offer up to 500 works of art for sale, making this our biggest Secret Art Sale yet. The event will raise much-needed funds for our work in nature conservation and biodiversity, urban greening, community nature initiatives and the protection and renovation of historic hidden gems in the local built environment.

Gallery of Art Works on sale

Read Artists’ Biographies


25 September 2021
29 September 2021
Free to register
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