The coronavirus crisis has shown us to be a resilient bunch; neighbours coming together to help the vulnerable and self-isolating, entrepreneurs turning their business models upside down to serve the community, and now, artists are taking to their canvasses to help raise money for a good cause.
The NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal aims to raise millions to help front-line staff do all they can to save lives in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, and you can help by investing in artwork created or donated specifically for the cause. Good for the NHS, and great for your walls too…
1 Bonhams’ BLUE Auction
Always wanted to have a singalong with Jools Holland? Or lunch at Claridge’s with Dame Joan Collins? These are just some of the pledges in Bonhams’ not-for-profit digital auction that have been generously donated by leading actors, musicians, artists and sportspeople in aid of the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. Among the generous donations are artworks by Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie and The Connor Brothers, while money-can’t-buy experiences up for grabs include a visit to Grayson Perry’s studio, a behind-the-scenes tour by actress Imelda Staunton, the chance to join Jools Holland for drinks at one of his forthcoming shows, lunch at Claridge’s with Dame Joan Collins, her husband Percy Gibson and national treasure, Christopher Biggins, a round of University Challenge between you and another family with Jeremy Paxman, and the ultimate behind-the-scenes Call the Midwife experience, taking place during the filming of Series 10 of the hit BBC series. Bonhams is waiving all charges so that 100% of proceeds go to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
View the lots online at bonhams.com and bid via firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7447 7447
2 Dan Pearce Reworks Iconic Movie Posters
Acclaimed mixed media artist Dan Pearce, whose work is collected by everybody from Anthony Joshua and 50 Cent, to will.i.am and Rag N Bone Man, will be reworking a different iconic film poster to help to share the NHS’s messages in fun and light-hearted ways. For each week of the pandemic, Pearce will rework another poster which will then go on sale as an A2 print for just £75 each, with 100% of proceeds being donated to NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. From The Exorcist to Quadrophenia, these posters will become great collectors items, from an artist named ‘one of the UK’s most collectable, emerging artists’ by Shortlist. Pearce, who live sin south east London, is a central figure in the UK’s current Pop Art movement, and his work utilises spray paint, handpainted acrylics, 3D objects, screen-printing and collage, as well as his own photography and street art.
Buy online at danpearce-art.com
Acclaimed photographer, Markus Klinko is selling his entire archive of photographs, featuring everybody from David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish to Beyoncé and Kate Winslet, to raise funds for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal, as part of Taglialatella Galleries’ Art for Relief campaign. Klinko famously shot David Bowie’s last, large-scale shoot before his passing. It took place just after 9/11 – which was less than a mile from the photographer’s studio – and Klinko notes that there was a striking similarity in mood then as there is now, during the COVID-19 crisis. The experience has inspired the photographer to donate a special, black and white edition of 12 photographs titled ‘Smoking’, featuring the late singer – who was the face of the NHS Heroes campaign. Each edition is priced at £1,500 and Klinko will be donating 10% of all sales from his entire archive of images to NHS Charities Together to support NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.
Visit the charity sale at taglialatellagalleries.com
4 Wimbledon Art Fair Online’s Art SOS
London’s professional artists will showcase powerful and moving works in response to the Covid-19 pandemic as part of Wimbledon Art Fair this year. The fair, which will become a virtual event for the first time in 20 years due to the coronavirus outbreak, runs from 14-17 May. The online exhibition will feature thought-provoking artworks depicting defining moments of the current epidemic, from the tangible like masks and loo rolls to the fear of an invisible danger and the sorrows of social distancing. Plus, artists will donate a percentage of their total sales in support of the NHS and St George’s Hospital in Tooting. Highlights of the Wimbledon Art Fair Art SOS online exhibition include Georgia Kitty Harris’ The Isolation Archive, a series of portraits based on world-wide submissions from the public, documenting how we’re all living apart together; Roberta Volpe’s painting exploring the sorrow of social distancing; Mike Thebridge’s series of captivating portraits featuring face masks; and Sophie Tea’s new symbolic series of toilet roll paintings.
5 Art for Heroes by Maddox Gallery
Maddox Gallery has raised more than £700,000 with its Art for Heroes campaign. Thirty established and emerging artists have donated works for sale, with the full proceeds going to HEROES, is a charitable organisation founded by doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. The gallery, which has three London showrooms, in Mayfair, Westbourne Grove and Shepherd’s Market, is selling the pieces at a charity price point well below their usual gallery sale price, so that more people can enjoy these wonderful artworks and help the NHS at the same time. Artists who have contributed works include David Yarrow, Noel Fielding, Lauren Baker, Boy George, Sooyoung Chung, Coco Dávez, Sophie Tea and The Connor Brothers. Maddox Gallery is aiming to rise £1,000,000, so keep on buying!
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