Secret Charter is a fundraiser conceived as a creative response to the funding cuts we face as a school. Almost 500 pieces of artwork have been generously donated by international and emerging artists as well as students, all of which will be sold to raise funds to support the Creative and Performing Arts Departments at school.
Organised by a committed group of passionate parents with support from The Friends of The Charter School North Dulwich, the event, sponsored by Hamptons, and hosted by our generous friends at Dulwich Picture Gallery on Monday 15th October, is shaping up to be one of the most exciting fundraisers this year.
There are three ways of getting involved in Secret Charter:
1. Buy a postcard voucher
Each postcard is £40.
By buying a postcard voucher you are entering a lucky dip, and are guaranteed to win of a piece of original artwork. We have around 500 contributions including artworks by Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Julian Opie, Jock McFadyen, and Maggi Hambling, who are joined by high-profile celebrity names such as Hugh Grant, Miranda Hart, James Corden, Brenda Blethyn, Jo Brand, Jeremy Corbyn and Aidan Turner.
A list of all the artists who have donated a postcard can be viewed here.
We also have stunning mini artworks from wonderful local artists and a number of our very own A-Level art students. There’s a very good chance you will win a card worth a lot more than £40 but, more than anything, your money will help to support the arts in school.
Postcard vouchers will be available to buy online Monday 24th September at 7pm on the Secret Charter Website. You can register your interest ahead of Monday and get a reminder when the postcards vouchers go on sale by following the link below:
2. Bid on the online auction
Secret Charter are also running a small online auction. Some very well-known artists have created more than one card, so one will go into the silent auction and one in to the main sale. There are also some ceramic, sculptural and framed pieces. Some of the confirmed artists in the silent auction are Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Alessandro Raho, Maggi Hambling, Michael Petry, John Keane, Richard Deacon, Emma Tennant and Edmund de Waal. You will be able to see our full list of artists and the works you can bid for on Monday 24th via this link.
3. Come along to the event on Monday 15th October
The Secret Charter exhibition opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery and runs from 12-9pm on Monday 15th for one day only.
It is £5 entry and all proceeds go to Secret Charter. Your £5 entry price gives you access to the exhibition of all the postcard art before the lucky winners collect their pieces from 8:30pm. You will also get the chance to view the brand new Ribera exhibition at the gallery.
From 6pm, James Nesbitt will be hosting an evening to celebrate the art. Speeches will be held at 7pm. Come and enjoy the event, view the artwork and have a drink. It you have purchased a voucher your allocated postcard will be revealed and you can collect your artwork to take home from 8.30pm.
For more detail please visit our website www.secretcharter.co.uk
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at The Dulwich Picture Gallery on Monday 15th October.