Secret Art Sale

Our wonderful independent store, For the Love of the North are hosting a “Secret Art Sale”, hosted by Steph McGovern, to raise essential funds for The Bay Food Bank in Whitley Bay.

The event, held at on the The Gallery at Spanish City, will take place over the weekend of 13-15 October selling work from over 25 well-known local artists, who have all donated a piece of work to the collection. Each piece will be priced at £50, with the name of the artist only being revealed after purchase. All sales will be donated to The Bay Foodbank to allow them to continue their vital work.

The Secret Art Sale will open on Friday 13 October with a free preview evening hosted by local broadcaster Steph McGovern who is a trustee of the Foodbank, the artwork will then be opened to the public for purchase across the weekend. The preview event is a chance for guests to have their first choice of the amazing artwork on display and enjoy a drink arrival. Further refreshments are available to purchase throughout the night.

Artists who have donated their work include Ali Elly, an environmental artist and creator of the ‘Under the Waves’ Shaun the Sheep sculpture which can be found on Newcastle’s West Road, textile artist Jane Jackson and Darlington-based Jonny Lancaster, who captures the beauty of iconic places right here in the region with contemporary designs.

The Bay Foodbank serves the whole of North Tyneside and is one of the North East’s busiest foodbanks, where a typical day can see anywhere from 30-50 emergency food parcels delivered to people who need them. Around 30% percent of clients who use the service are working and a lot of people are now being forced to use the service after working their whole lives and now falling on hard times. Food parcels are delivered to families in need using unmarked vans, using supermarket carrier bags, so they look just like a regular supermarket delivery.


Please note, the preview event has now sold out.

Booking is essential for the preview event, free tickets are available at

You can find out more about The Bay Foodbank and the items that they currently need here: