Under The Bed Sale 2024
Art lovers rejoice! Cupola’s famous ‘Under The Bed Sale’ returns for what looks like a bumper crop of original affordable art.
“We all need a bit of joy and beauty in our lives and when we can have that at a bargain price, what’s not to like? I would never miss Cupola’s ‘Under The Bed Sale!’” – Kevin Duffy
Original art for sale from £1 – £350 max. Work across all media.
Under The Bed Sale
Exhibition dates: 13 January – 4th February
Venue: Cupola Gallery, 178a Middlewood Road, Sheffield S6 1SB.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10-6pm
Sundays: 12-4pm – 14, 21, 28 January & 4 February.
After a challenging year for so many, artists have rallied to send around 4000 items of original artwork across media to Cupola Gallery in time for their eagerly awaited and extremely popular sale. Painting, printmaking, photography, glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, textiles and often items that defy description are all represented in the sale.
Work comes from all over the country and abroad for the sale. Some work is posted, some work is delivered in person and some people make a long journey and turn it into a trip to Sheffield just to get the work to the gallery.
The concept arose after the director, Karen Sherwood, visited artist, Lyn Hodnett, many years ago. “Lyn decided to show me some older and early work that she had stored, quite literally, under her bed. I asked her if she would exhibit this work and replied that she wouldn’t as it was out of date and early work. However, when asked if she would sell it, she replied enthusiastically that of course she would. However therein lied the problem, how could she sell work that she was no longer happy exhibiting? So to solve this dilemma, the concept of the Under the bed Sale was born!” Karen Sherwood
The sale has grown year on year and now takes over two of the four gallery spaces due to the vast numbers of pieces delivered to the gallery. The director, Karen, jokes that it makes the Royal Academy Summer exhibition look sparce! Works are hung floor to ceiling, items are in browsers, boxes and piled high on tables and plinths. One customer described the scene as a ‘salon jumble sale’ which feels like an accurate description.
Artists from all stages of their careers and from all walks of life are welcome to take part, amateur or professional, young or old. Work is not selected. As long as the work is original and unlikely to cause offence*, it will be part of the sale.
* we reserve the right to remove items that cause offence.
As far as we know, to date, the youngest contributor we have had taking part was 8 years old and the eldest was 97.We have had works sent from the USA and from Australia for the sale as well as from the same street.
“One of the joys of the sale is that we never know what is going to arrive. The diversity of work never ceases to amaze us. For anyone that enjoys a rummage this is not an event to be missed. There is so much work it is definitely worth a trip – as you cannot possibly see it all, even in several hours, which is why so many people visit several times during the course of the three week long sale. But once it is gone – it is gone! Don’t miss out and save the dates!!” Karen Sherwood, Director.