THE work of aspiring artists at Southmead Primary School in Braunton is going under the hammer next week at a blind auction to help raise money for school funds.The work has been created on professional canvas in a range of media. It can be viewed on the school website, or by visiting the reception at Southmead plus Braunton Library and Museum. The auction closes on Wednesday of next week (March 12) at noon and anyone who sees anything they like is invited to submit bids by hand, telephone or by email.The young artists - some of whom have now moved up to Braunton School - are thrilled at the prospect of their work on view to the rest of the world and available to the highest bidder, just as in the real art world.There has already been great interest from school visitors and several sealed bids have already been made.It all began with a group in teacher Matt Jenkin's class who were asked to create their own work using Pablo Picasso's Child with a Dove as inspiration.There is a strong tradition of art at the school - headteacher Caroline Whiting is also head of art and the pupils themselves show great enthusiasm for the subject.Proceeds from the auction will go back into promoting more art studies throughout the school."We even have our own art club, which is run by the children, under supervision, but they were the ones who asked to start it in the first pace," said Donna Loftus, school administrator."They co-ordinate it themselves and decide what they would like to work on - we asked them to do a kind of 'business plan' to say what they wanted to do and why, so they did!"Work can be viewed at www.southmead.devon.sch.uk and follow the Newsletters\/February\/Artwork links. Alternatively call in at the school, library or museum. Bids can be made via email at email@example.com in person, or telephone (01271) 812448.