The Auction Hub - The DORSET ART WEEKS Online Auction 7- 19 July
Posted 25 June 2020
Above: Gerry Dudgeon - A Way Through The Trees
- Following the cancellation of this year’s Dorset Art Weeks – the UK’s largest free arts
festival – over 80 artists present their works in an online auction open from 7 -19 July
- Featuring over 200 items, covering: paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculpture,
ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, mixed media, furniture and stoneware
- The auction will be held in conjunction with The Auction Hub and Dorset Visual Arts
In light of the postponement of what would have been the 14th Dorset Art Weeks festival an auction
with works by over 80 of the participating artists will now take place online at The Auction Hub.
The much anticipated biennial event, to have been held across the county from 23 May to 7 June,
would have seen hundreds of artists opening up their studios to UK and overseas visitors. The
festival contributes £2m to the Dorset economy.
The Auction Hub – founded in 2019 by James Harvey with online technology by Auctionet – was a
sponsor of Dorset Art Weeks 2020 and James hit upon the idea of an online auction to take the place
of the festival and provide a sales platform for artists’ specially created works. Commenting on the
auction initiative James said, ’Dorset Art Weeks is a key, high profile event in the Summer calendar,
with artists preparing up to two years in advance. We are delighted to present this online auction,
showcasing the incredible talent from the county, to local, national and international audiences. The
sheer range of items on offer will attract and delight many bidders and buyers during these
Bidding starts from £50 for Ann Sim’s cheeseboard in ash, with whimsical images applied by hand,
up to £16,000 for Aqueous III by Andy Hopper, sculptor and Master Blacksmith; his sculpture is
forged in stainless steel and measures over a metre in height.
Many works in the auction take their inspiration from the countryside and coastlines to be found
across the vast expanses of Dorset. Whereas other artists bring their experience of working and
living outside the county and the UK to their works created in Dorset.
The auction will also feature pieces by Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) students - another
Dorset Art Weeks’ sponsor. Dylan Leddington and Ady Raj are both studying for a BA degree in Fine
Art and were drawn to Dorset - for Dylan, born in Poole, the landscapes proved irresistible, while for
Ady, his meditative approach to his art is fuelled by his close proximity to Dorset’s stunning beaches.
Kate Madden, says, ‘As the inaugural Dorset Art Weeks Event Producer, I find it overwhelming that
inspite of being so affected by the cancellation of teaching, courses and exhibitions – and with just a
few days’ notice – our artists have responded so enthusiastically to be part of this auction devised by
The Auction Hub. It demonstrates a strong and deep connection to this well-loved biennial event’.
The online auction will take place on The Auction Hub: www.theauctionhub.uk/daw with each work
presented with multiple images and detailed cataloguing. Bidding will take place on the site from 7
July and bids can be placed up until 19 July. Bidders will see the latest and highest bid against each
work before placing their own bid. Successful buyers can collect directly from The Auction Hub,
Westbury, or will be able to request a shipping quote directly from The Auction Hub’s logistics
department. One single online payment can be made for this service together with auction