‘Secret’ artwork aims to boost charity challenge

The secret artwork
The secret artwork

A LARGE piece of ‘secret’ artwork appeared earlier in Sheffield this week, hidden away on a well-known building in a bid to raise money for the Master Cutler’s challenge.

The piece measures 4m x 5m and was painted in secret by local artist Barber with the help of Master Cutler Pam Liversidge and Tim Bottrill, a partner at property agency Knight Frank.

Mr Bottrill said: “We wanted to do something that would capture people’s imaginations. So we commissioned Barber to paint a piece of art on the side of a well-known building for people to find.

“We are challenging people to seek it out and whoever finds where it is hidden will receive the original artwork – not a piece of the building it’s on, but the art from which the painting was copied. This is sure to become a valuable original piece.

“We are also selling prints of the artwork for the Challenge.”

The only clues Mr Bottrill would give is that the artwork is on a well-known building somewhere within the city, that it cannot be seen from the road, and that Knight Frank is currently marketing the building.

Artist Barber said: “This is one of the most unusual commissions I have undertaken. The original work is a reflection of the heritage of the building it sits upon and represents Sheffield’s long history of craftsmanship.

“But I have taken a contemporary approach to making the image, so it reflects the traditional values with a modernistic execution.”

Master Cutler Pam Liversidge said: “It was great fun to help with such an unusual challenge.

“Sheffield and the wider region are blessed with an organisation such as Cavendish Cancer Care, which gives care and support to local people affected by a diagnosis of cancer, and this ‘hide and seek’ approach will really grab people’s attention.”

Sally Eustace, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Cavendish Cancer Care, said: “Knight Frank’s approach is certainly unique.

“It’s another example of how companies are using their imaginations to raise vital funds for Cavendish Cancer Care, which helps hundreds of local families each year.”

Mr Bottrill says Knight Frank has challenged its clients and fellow property sector companies to find the artwork but emphasises says that anyone can participate.

To enter the competition and to buy a print, call Tim Bottrill on 0114 272 9750 or email him at tim.bottrill@knightfrank.com .