Small works of art raising money for the Hepatitis C Trust
The artistic community has rallied together to support the Hepatitis C Trust and Art On A Postcard in their aim to eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health concern in the UK within 15 years.
The varied and talented group of artists to have showed their support for Art On A Postcard’s flagship secret auction includes godfather of pop art Peter Blake, influential teacher of the YBAs and curator of this year’s Summer Exhibition, Michael Craig Martin, Harland Miller, Polly Morgan, David Shrigley, Jasper Joffe, Stuart Semple, Chantal Joffe, Jeremy Deller, Trevor Sutton, Royal Academicians such as Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Stephen Farthing RA and Stephen Chambers RA, street artists such as Ben Eine, Hush, Pure Evil, Swifty, Xenz and emerging talent such as Lauren Baker, Jessica Charleston and Archie Franks. The unique event will take place at Soho Revue Gallery in mid-November; the latest confirmed artists are announced on the Art On A Harland Miller, 2014 Postcard blog.
Gemma Peppe, Head of Fundraising and Events for Art On A Postcard, explains ‘we’re thrilled that the quality of the contributors for this year's Art on a Postcard is so high. We've been working overtime to sign up the most interesting painters and illustrators around, as well as the most collectable. Buying from Art On A Postcard is a great way for members of the public to own an original piece of work by a well-known artist and support The Hepatitis C Trust’s goals of eliminating hepatitis C within 15 years and closing down as a charity – realistic goals given that it is a preventable and treatable disease.’
The first Art On A Postcard fundraising event took place in November 2014. Well-known artists including Damien Hirst, Gilbert and George, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Marc Quinn, Jeremy Deller, Cecily Brown and Gavin Turk, upcoming talent such as Hannah Hewetson, Hayden Kays and Cosmo Sarson, urban artists Xenz, Hush and Pure Evil and photographers such as Dougie Wallace and Joycelin Bain Hogg donated postcard-sized works which were sold in a secret auction at Whitfield Fine Art. The event raised £45k for the Trust and was a huge success capturing the imagination of the public and artists alike.
Exciting events so far this year have included a fundraising auction at The Groucho Club, hosted by Sadie Frost with a vegetarian feast cooked by Gizzi Erskine. Last month, Art On A Postcard had a stall at Art Car Boot Fair in Brick Lane selling canineinspired, limited edition postcards from Rankin, Ray Richardson, Dougie Wallace, Hayden Kays, Cosmo Sarson, Margot Bowman and Benjamin Murphy. These will be on sale at the Art Car Boot Fair in Margate on Sunday 30 August and are available online at www.artonapostcard.com.
Upcoming Art On A Postcard Events in 2015:
• World Hepatitis Day – Tuesday 28 July. World Hepatitis Day is marked on 28 July each year to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis. WHO and partners will urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from hepatitis.
• Art Car Boot Fair Margate – Sunday 30 August
Our series of canine-inspired limited edition postcards have been commissioned especially for Art Car Boot Fair; the images are available individually and as a set and are all signed by the artists. Celebrity canine painter, Robert James Clarke, has kindly donated a new and exclusive postcard especially for our stall in Margate. Artist Ray Richardson will be there on the day offering dog portraits.
• Moniker/The Other Art Fair – Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 October
• Art On A Postcard Secret Auction – Soho Revue Gallery – mid November – date to be confirmed