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Seventh annual Fine Art auction raises over £3000 for future projects

Final year Fine Art students auctioned off over 50 artworks to fund postgraduate exhibitions and to support a second year project

The Fine Bonington Atrium packed full for the Fine Art Auction Art Auction in full swing
Bonington Atrium packed for the Fine Art Auction

Students in their final year of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Nottingham Trent University hosted the annual Fine Art Auction this February, raising over £3000. The Fine Art Auction, now in its seventh year, is a real highlight in the School of Art & Design's calendar, and for the wider creative community in Nottingham. It enables students to raise money for future projects, while providing a lively social event for fellow students, staff, alumni and the general public.

Geoff Litherland, ‘Lost in place No.3’, 2017. Oil on paper.
Geoff Litherland, ‘Lost in place No.3’, 2017.

Taking place in the Bonington Atrium, over 50 lots went under the hammer, donated by current students, staff, alumni and external artists. The top selling piece this year was ‘Lost in place No.3’, a painting by Fine Art lecturer Geoff Litherland, which fetched £400. ‘Allay’, a piece by fellow Fine Art lecturer Derek Sprawson, also sold for an impressive £200.

Student Emily Stollery helped to coordinate the event. She said: “It was a really exciting event to put on, and was really rewarding overall. This year we made a real effort to invite artists from outside of NTU to be a part of the auction, as well as our own staff and students. We had such a positive response, and all artists involved were really supportive.”

The money raised this year will not only go towards funding projects led by the third year students once they have graduated, but will additionally support the second year students’ upcoming ‘Public’ project.

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