Meet Mark Stacey, our Snailspace Auctioneer
The culmination of the Snailspace Public Art Trail is the Snailspace Auction on Monday 3rd December at Brighton’s iconic Metropole Hotel. All fifty giant fibreglass snail sculptures will go under the hammer to raise money for Martlets life-changing hospice care. The auctioneer in charge of proceedings is Mark Stacey, one of UK’s best-known antiques valuers and auctioneers, who regularly appears on TV as an antiques expert.
Having worked for Bonhams, Sotheby’s, Hamptons/Dreweatt Neate Fine Art and Decorative Arts, Mark has also appeared for many years on popular BBC antique shows Flog It and Bargain Hunt. With more than 20 years’ experience in the antiques world, he is in demand as an antiques expert.
Speaking about the Snailspace Auction, Sally Brighton, Director of Income Generation at Martlets said:
“We’re delighted to have Mark as our auctioneer for the Snailspace auction and would like to thank him for his support. With Mark at the helm we look forward to ‘bidding’ our Snails a fond farewell, knowing that the money they raise will make a huge different to our patients and their families.”
Imelda Glackin, CEO Martlets said:
“In 2016 we were thrilled by the great success of the Snowdogs campaign which, in addition to raising £310,000 for Martlets, also contributed a staggering £10.1m to the local economy. This autumn our giant gastropods have generated an enormous amount of interest and we hope they will prove just as popular at auction.
We were delighted to work once again with creative trailblazers Wild in Art to deliver the exhibition, and we thank everyone involved in Snailspace from the bottom of our shells for making this unforgettable event happen.
All proceeds from our auction will enable Martlets to continue providing life-changing hospice care for local people affected by terminal illness. As a charity, it costs approx £7 million to run the hospice each year, of which just 21% comes from NHS funding. The rest we need to raise from our local community, so please dig deep and bid generously!
In this fast-paced city it’s often hard to remember to slow down and appreciate the things in life that make us smile, but our strikingly painted Snails have been a constant reminder take a moment and enjoy the time we have with the people we share our lives with. “