Mystery Masterpieces:

Categories: Featured and Fundraising.

Your chance to own original artwork by Edmund de Waal, Humphrey Ocean and others; Upcoming charity art auction brings together members of the public, celebrities and highly coveted artists to showcase the meaning and significance of art to everyone – including those nearing the end of life – and perfectly illustrates St Christopher’s belief that art should be accessible to all.

Between Thursday 9th and Sunday 19th September, St Christopher’s Hospice in South London is offering everyone the chance to bid on hundreds of original postcard-sized works of art; submitted by world-renowned artists, global celebrities and local creatives alike.

Through a mystery online auction, bidders can select the piece they’re most drawn to and compete against other buyers to get their hands on a priceless yet affordable addition to their collection; with the twist being that only after every lot is sold will St Chistopher’s confirm the artist identity behind each postcard.


Art has always played a large part in the lives of staff, residents and volunteers at St Christopher’s, with patients and their friends and families regularly enjoying a variety of art-based therapy practices.

Joining established artists such as Edmund de Waal, Humphrey Ocean, Sokari Douglas Camp and Alex Gamsu Jenkins are celebrities Joanna Lumley, Jayne Torvill and St Christopher’s ambassador Tom Allen, who have each submitted their own specially designed postcard to go up for grabs. Also in the mix are lots designed by St Christopher’s residents themselves, as well local children and charity supporters alike, making it even more of a challenge trying to guess who created what.

Each mini masterpiece is totally exclusive and will never be available again, giving collectors the opportunity to own something truly unique and support a worthy cause at the same time. Keen-eyed art lovers may be able to recognise the style of their favourites before the big reveal, and the race will be on to secure coveted pieces before becoming outbid…

All proceeds from the Mystery Masterpieces auction will help to fund vital hospice care across South London; which is provided through nurses, support staff and St Christopher’s world-class education programme – so don’t forget to set a reminder for Thursday 9th September, when you can browse the gallery and start placing your bids!

Current participating artists include: Edmund de Waal, Humphrey Ocean, Sokari Douglas Camp, Alex Gamsu Jenkins, Stella Zeugal, Lionel Stanhope, Jake Tilson, Richard Spare, Frances Aviva Blane, Valeria Wiffen, Nathan Bowen, Seema Mattu and Barnaby Barford.

For further information please contact:
Sarah Hastelow:

About St Christopher’s Hospice

  • We were founded by Dame Cicely Saunders, who started the global hospice
    movement with the opening of St Christopher’s in 1967.
  • We are a charity. Just 1/3 rd of our funding comes from the NHS and we have to
    fundraise £15 million every year to keep going.
  • Our vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have
    access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.
  • Our goal is to help people live well until they die, and support those affected by the
    loss of a friend or relative. We know that each person is unique and we tailor our care
    to meet social, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as manage physical symptoms.
  • We strongly believe that everyone should have access to the best care at the end of
    their lives and through a blend of expert practice, education and research we work
    with people across the world to improve and develop hospice care.
  • We usually have over 1,300 people under our care at any one time, and last year we
    provided care and support to over 5,000 patients and 2,000 families and carers
    across South London, both at home, out in the community and in the hospice.
  • We have over 500 dedicated staff and over 1,000 amazing volunteers.
  • You can support the hospice by donating, volunteering or shopping at one of our 26
    local high street shops.
  • We are also on social media – search @StChrisHospice on Twitter and Instagram.

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