Sir Antony Gormley

 Sir Antony Gormley the famous British sculptor, whose best known works include the Angel of the North in Gateshead, has kindly donated an original painting to Sheldon School in aid of their library refurbishment project. Named ‘WAIT’, painted in 2015, it is a carbon and casein on paper – sized 19.2 x 14.1cm.

Art teacher Miss Indigo Moss and A Level art students wrote to a range of celebrities, artists and writers asking them to return an original postcard sized artwork. The initial auction, before Christmas, sold works from celebrities such as Alan Bennett, Julia Donaldson, Stephen Fry, Dame Judy Dench and Gilbert and George amongst others.

Due to the estimated value of the Gormley art work it was decided to auction it separately. Bonhams fine art auctioneers in London have kindly agreed to auction the painting and have waived their usual fee. With an estimated value of somewhere between £4,500  and £10,000 with a reserve of £4,500, it will be sold at auction on the 6th March in Bonhams’ Post-War and Contemporary Art sale in London.

Headteacher Mr Neil Spurdell said "We were delighted when Antony Gormley responded to our request in our recent postcard auction by sending in a personal painting.  His art is world-renowned and we were thrilled that he took the time to do this for us.  Part of me is sad to be handing this on, but of course I am very hopeful that it will raise a significant sum of money towards our library project."