Art lovers from Brighton and Hove and beyond queued around the block on the 25th and 26th February to snap up the best bargains at Enter Gallery’s Sample Sale.
This hotly-anticipated event takes place every February, giving people the chance to snap up near-perfect art from leading contemporary artists at discounts of up to 75%.
In today’s blog, we’re revealing what happened at the Sample Sale, and how money raised will be spent by Middle Street Primary School, and environmental charity, Connecting the Roots.
Bargain Limited Edition Art
This year, our Sample Sale moved to a new location in Hanover, and the selection of pieces up for grabs was bigger than ever.
Those that braved the queue were able to snap up works from the likes of Dan Baldwin, RYCA, Gavin Turk, Lady Aiko and Barbara Rae.
The Sample Sale was a great success, and we’d like to extend a huge thank everyone that came along for helping us to raise an incredible £7,000 for our chosen causes.
Middle Street Primary School
Middle Street Primary School is located just around the corner from the gallery, and we have a long history of raising funds for the school, either via past Sample Sales, or Art Auctions.
Funds raised in previous years have gone towards employing a special needs teacher, and renovating the school’s arts centre.
We chatted to Rob Cooper, Headteacher at Middle Street, to see how the funds raised will be used:
“You cannot imagine the difference a donation like this makes to a school in the current financial climate. We are working hard to make learning irresistible for our children and this donation will enable us to offer some of the more exciting opportunities in school that really get the creativity flowing. It will enable us to buy resources for our creative curriculum projects and invite inspiring visitors into school to work with the children and bring their learning alive.”
Connecting the Roots
This Sample Sale was the first in a line of events that we have planned in 2023 to raise funds for Connecting the Roots – a Brighton-based environmental charity working hard to reverse systemic damage to ecosystems around the world.
The charity is currently working on a project over in Costa Rica where they are employing a number of ecological strategies to return an area identified as being key to the fight against climate change to its original state prior to being ravaged by cattle farming.
We chatted to Hen Azenkot, the man on the ground in Costa Rica to learn how the funds raised will be used:
“We’re so grateful for the money raised. It’s important that we spread the word about the important work that we’re doing, so the donation will be spent on website development. Any funds leftover will go towards purchasing more plants and trees, and to our ongoing project to stabilise the land.”
Learn more about how Enter Gallery are working with Connecting the Roots here.