GREYS COURT SHOW 2019: OUTCOMES
Many visitors commented that this year’s show was the best yet, and the organising group agrees. There was a good range of high quality and well‐displayed exhibits and of scheduled demonstrations. But how did results compare?
After a very brisk start at the PV and the first weekend, sales went completely flat as the worst June weather for several years took hold. Things got gloomy, until a sales uplift toward the end of the show brought us to a final out‐turn which was marginally down on 2018. Against a background of bad weather and reportedly poor sales of artwork everywhere, this was satisfactory.
In more detail:
Entries 2017 -118
Entries 2018 - 151
Entries 2019 - 152
Artists 2017 - 23
Artists 2018 - 27
Artists 2019 - 34
Number of pieces sold 2017 - 81
Number of pieces sold 2018 - 107
Number of pieces sold 2019 - 99
Value of pieces sold 2017 - £44,579
Value of pieces sold 2018 - £33,480
Value of pieces sold 2019 - £29,067
Pieces sold over £1000 2017 - 14
Pieces sold over £1000 2018 - 4
Pieces sold over £1000 2019 - 3
Contribution to National Trust 2017 - £6,687
Contribution to National Trust 2018 - £5,022
Contribution to National Trust 2019 - £4,360
The National Trust report that June visitor numbers at Greys Court were 12,000, compared to just over 14,000 last year ‐ a drop of 14%. Our sales reduction of 13% is therefore not too discouraging , and the organising group feels we should plan for a repeat in 2020.
The National Trust have put our contributions into their Greys Court conservation budget, so as well as the new lighting in the Cromwellian building, which we requested after a poorly‐lit first year, we will have helped pay for work such the meticulous rebuilding of the collapsed garden wall.