It’s been a long and hard few months for everyone since our previous post, we hope you’re all doing ok.
We have a number of things to update you on, starting with some new exhibition dates.
Due to various complications thrown up by COVID-19, we have had to tweak the postponed dates. All being safe, we’ll open at NOW Gallery from 14 Oct - 1 November, with a sale on the final day.
However, we’ve had to take the tough decision to make changes in terms of how we operate our sale. For the first time in our history it won’t be a first-come-first-served affair, instead we’ll be auctioning all 700 records.
The reasons for this are many, these are a few of the biggies. First, having people queue as we usually do from anywhere up to 52 hours just feels totally inappropriate in the current climate. We also know many people understandably won’t want to attend the sale but would like to purchase a record, so this gives a greater number of people that opportunity. We feel a traditional sale during C-19 would lose all the excitement that we’ve come to know and love, and it hands greater advantage to those first in the queue as they’d have no competition breathing down their neck.
We have taken great pride in staying true to the idea that the first-come first-served sale was so much more inclusive than an auction, but right now raising as much money as we possibly can for Help Refugees when it’s needed more than ever will also leave us feeling incredibly proud of our collective effort.
We’ve made friends with people in the sale queue and many of our fondest memories of the project came from the bonkers sale day, we’re sad not to get to do it one final time but hopefully those of you feeling any disappointment will understand that it’s a choice we had to take.
There will be further information about the auction in the coming weeks, we’re just finalising the details.
At the exhibition every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of all our staff and visitors, this includes guests being required to book their visit in advance to manage numbers in the space. See our EXHIBITIONS page for more details.
Today we got in touch with all open submission contributors with news about their work. If you submitted and haven’t heard from us, please first check your junk, and then get in touch for clarity.
From today we’ll continue to share some of this year’s invited contributors with you on our social, ahead of detailing all the contributors and sharing the online gallery early in September. We’re aiming to get this live as early as possible to increase the time you can study the sleeves before the exhibition and auction.
We hope all of you are keeping well. It’s been a rubbish 2020 for everyone, but we hope to bring some normality back later in the year, enjoy our final show with you and do what we promised to support Help Refugees.