The Art of Sophie – what happened next

A few weeks ago, we told you about the launch of Crimson Iris: The Art of Sophie exhibition, in Manchester, Robert Maltby’s series of 15 stunning paintings created to raise proceeds and awareness for

After the launch night at the wonderful Blackdog Ballroom, the paintings were moved into the main part of Afflecks for even more people to enjoy and of course to buy!

But let’s get to the nitty-gritty, there has been an incredible six paintings sold, which is amazing news as they each cost around £350- £1,000 each. Afflecks has allowed the charity to keep the paintings there for another week, because there has been so much great interest from shoppers. In fact, Tony the MD at Afflecks is thrilled with the new and diverse crowd the exhibition and all the coverage around it has triggered.

We’ve had to print a second run of the ‘Crimson Iris’ art booklets and let us not forget that the wonderful Joe Corre, founder of Agent Provocateur and son of Vivienne Westwood, is even a proud owner of an original Robert Maltby masterpiece.

And last but definitely not least, the media coverage the exhibition attracted is still flooding in, and only this Saturday this great piece appeared in The Sun newspaper.

The exhibition finishes on 10th July, so you’ve still got time to fly over to Manchester’s fabulous Afflecks in the groovy Northern Quarter to have a look. If you miss it, visit the Shophie Lancaster Foundation web site for more info on how to view or buy the remaining paintings.

Posted by Phoebe Findlay.