Thanks to the kind people at Desklodge who have donated their space for the evening, we’ll be drinking bubbly and catching the first sneaky peak at the entire postcard collection before anyone else in this see-it-to-believe-it space; there’s a beach, a Zen room - there’s even a Narnia Wonderland hidden behind a wardrobe!
We've also got a few delicious extras (aside from the delicious canapes);
What is Secret Art Basingstoke
Taking place between 23rd July and 4th August 2018, Secret Art Basingstoke is an exhibition of hundreds of postcard-sized original works of art donated by artists, celebrities, dignitaries, graduates and illustrators. With no brief in medium or subject, the collection promises to be an eclectic mix of small but perfectly formed paintings, drawings and photographs.
The two week exhibition will be split across four spaces in Basingstoke town centre; THAT Gallery, The Creation Space, The Discovery Centre and The Willis Museum & Sainsbury Gallery. The entire collection will then reunite at The Creation Space on Saturday 4th August, where every single postcard will be on sale for the affordable price of £20 each.
And the secret? The identity of the artist - you'll only know who created your miniature masterpiece once you've bought it.
For a chance to get a sneak peek at the entire collection before everyone else, we’re holding a launch night on 19th July at Desklodge. The evening will include live music, art demonstrations and a charity auction. Tickets are available via the NCT booking page.
All proceeds will benefit the Brookvale breastfeeding counselling drop-in service (NCT B.A.B.I.E.S - Babies and Breastfeeding; Information, Encouragement, Support.)
Special Guest Bertie Carvel
We’re very excited to have Bertie Carvel with us to kick off our charity auction! Bertie has twice won the Laurence Olivier Award: for his performances as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical and Rupert Murdoch in Ink. On television, he is known for playing Jonathan Strange in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and as Simon, the cheating husband, in Doctor Foster.
We’ve got tons of fabulous lots, including top price Warhorse tickets, photo shoots with award winning Studio 1314 and Basingstoke’s very own Cristina Barton, miniature portraits by Jocelyn Lawman and a family pass to The New Forest Wildlife Park. Check the website for details of all the lots as they come in.
Art Demonstrations – Watch local artist Fatima Pantoja (from the ‘Sitting with Jane’ project) demonstrating her portraiture skills, and then sit for a quick portrait!
Live Music - Pianist Thomas Barfoot will keep us entertained all evening.
Boob cake – It wouldn’t be an NCT event without it! Cakes by Chris has created a boobilicious cake – each boob a different flavour!
Goodie bags – For the first 20 guests through the door.
Early Bird ticket £5 (prosecco and canapes on arrival)
General Admission £10 (prosecco and canapes on arrival)
Corporate ticket £100 (6 seats at dedicated table, canapes and bottle of prosecco)