A Dulwich school is selling off artworks made by famous names, including Hugh Grant, James Corden and even Jeremy Corbyn, to raise money for its art department, writes Josh Salisbury…

The Charter School in Red Post Hill, North Dulwich is hoping to raise £20,000 for the department by selling 500 tickets corresponding to art pieces.

The school said it needed the money from the ‘Secret Charter’ exhibition because of £1million cuts from Government. The event will take place on October 15 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, hosted by actor James Nesbitt.

Buying a £40 voucher gets you entered into a lucky dip for one of the artworks which will be randomly assigned by a computer programme. The concept was devised by parent Laura Stephens and the money raised will go to refurbishing the art department’s dark room, along with support for the music and drama departments.

Thirty of the school’s best art students will also have the chance to be displayed alongside the world-famous artists at the event.

Ms Stephens said: “We’re delighted to have the contributions from such internationally acclaimed artists, designers, illustrators, fashion designers and celebrities.

“Their support will raise the profile of the cause, which is to highlight the issue of funding cuts to the Arts in education, and of course raise as much money as possible for The Charter School’s Art department.”

She added that it was “a wonderful opportunity for our students to have their work shown at such a prestigious venue alongside world famous artists.”

Headteacher Christian Hicks said: “We have a fantastically enthusiastic and active parent body and Secret Charter is another example of how creative they are when it comes to raising much needed funds to support the school, especially at the moment when, like all schools, our budgets are being squeezed and our financial situation is difficult.

“This event will help to ensure that all our pupils continue to enjoy a wide and varied arts curriculum at the school.”