Art for Cure, one of the leading art-related charities in the UK, is taking its biennial exhibition online this year to continue its vital fundraising work for breast cancer care
Lead images (L-R): Indian Woman # Fired Earth, Natasha Kumar; Natalie, Bridget Davies; Generation 2020, Henrietta Dubrey
Originally scheduled to take place at Glemham Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan country house in Suffolk, over the VE Day weekend, Art for Cure has, in just a few short weeks, managed to do what many organisations have been forced to do since the coronavirus outbreak – pivot.
Entirely through voluntary action, this unique, arts-based charity has created one of the freshest art platforms in the UK, with more than 1,000 works created by 100 UK artists carefully curated into a brand new online gallery.
The re-calibrated Big 100 Artists Online Exhibition, launching on at 6pm on Thursday 7 May 2020 at artforcure.org.uk and running until 31 May, features everything from contemporary art, photography and sculpture to ceramics, textiles and jewellery.
Prices will range from £75 to £5,000 and participating artists will donate up to 50% from each sale to Art for Cure charities.
A glimpse at some of the artworks on offer:
Usually, the Glemham Hall biennial exhibition kicks-off the culture and social scene in Suffolk, with Belinda and sculpture curator Nick Crocker bringing together a diverse and exciting collection of contemporary art. This year, the event was even to feature a special VE Day-themed ball.
But the show must go on, and the Big 100 Artists Online Exhibition aims to raise funds to sustain breast cancer care and research during the COVID-19 global pandemic – a challenging time for many charities and causes.
The exhibition will be a festival of colour, shape, pattern and line from the geometric colour-forms of social media sensation Anna Mac, to the abstracts of emerging talents Emma Lee Cracknell and Felicity Beaumont, and the meditative still life forms of Nicola Coe and Nigel Kaines.
‘The Big 100 Artists Online Exhibition aims to raise funds to sustain breast cancer care and research during the COVID-19 global pandemic – a challenging time for many charities and causes’
There will also be work marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, like Richard Knight’s dynamic spitfire paintings, and one of the largest ranges of indoor and outdoor sculpture in the UK this year.
A number of London-based artists will be taking part in the exhibition, including Natasha Kumar, a British-Indian artist exploring her heritage through the mediums of oil painting, watercolours, etching, screenprints and more; and Henrietta Dubrey, who studied at Wimbledon School of Fine Art and Royal Academy Schools and creates female figures describing positive and uplifting feminine attributes.
Other Londoners contributing work to the show include Carol Peace, who specialises in human form and expressive movement, Sarah Muir Poland, whose joyous work was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and John Brown, who creates both large scale and smaller contemporary sculptures based on the simplified human figure.
‘We could never have imagined this situation arising and our concern goes out to everyone who is affected by this unprecedented situation,’ says Belinda Gray, Chair and Founder of Art for Cure.
‘Our planned event was a major fundraising event [and] Art for Cure intends to remain on track to reach a million pounds raised for breast cancer research and services since we started in 2014.
‘The people of Suffolk and more widely across the UK have been extraordinary in supporting the Glemham and other shows and your support this year, as ever, is incredibly welcomed.’
More About Art for Cure
Founded by Belinda Gray, who completed treatment for breast cancer in 2014, Art for Cure was intended as a one-off – an art and outdoor sculpture show at her home and gardens in Suffolk to raise money for breast cancer research.
But the show was an astonishing success, with £200,000 of art and sculpture sold in three days, raising more than £100,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer (now Breast Cancer Now).
The next step was to stage Art for Cure 2016 at Glemham Hall, an event that has now become a biennial exhibition and is fast emerging as one of the most successful art-related fundraising charities in the UK .
Art for Cure also organises further events at London galleries, as well as local pop-up exhibitions and international sponsored bike rides, which together have so far raised £730,000 for national breast cancer research and support services in East Anglia.
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