Deadline for fundraising auction draws close

The deadline for The Ropewalk’s fundraising auction raising funds for the Ropery Hall Development Fund is fast approaching.

Art lovers have until 4pm on Friday, May 15, to make their final bids for original works of art which include paintings, ceramics, prints, textiles, and sculpture.

So far bidding has been brisk and at the time of going to press £2,000 had been pledged to boost the Development Fund.

“All the lots have been donated by artists who have been associated with The Ropewalk since we first opened in April 2000,” said Exhibitions Officer Richard Hatfield.

“Since the silent auction was launched in mid-April we have had a lot of interest with people viewing the works in the Hall-Mark Room and then making bids,” he went on.

“With just a few days left now before the auction ends we expect interest to increase substantially – this auction really is the ideal opportunity to own an original piece of work sometimes at a fraction of the cost it would be if on sale in a gallery,” he continued.

There is a reserve price on each piece of work to ensure it is sold for an acceptable price.


The total cost of the Ropery Hall development is estimated at £1.6 million and fundraising at The Ropewalk is aiming to raise a more modest £16,000.  At the moment the total is just under £13,500.

With the auction expected to bring in excess of £2,000 that total is expected to be reached within the next few weeks.

Bids can be made until the 4pm deadline by either calling 01652 660380, emailing or in person.

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