Eight artists from Donegal have donated original, miniature art pieces to Incognito - an art exhibition for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.
Each piece of work will go on sale for €50 each in The Solomon Gallery between April 6-8, giving buyers a chance to purchase a valuable piece worth thousands from a well-known name.
The exhibition comprises over 1500 original, postcard sized art pieces, donated by 1000 artists from around the country and overseas.
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation has supported over 2,240 children and their families from across the country since 1997, including 59 from County Donegal.
From this week the public can view the INCOGNITO 2018 collection online at www.incognito.ie and www.jackandjill.ie but, as the name suggests, the artist’s identity is top secret and won’t be revealed until after the sale; with artists Tracey Emin, Rhona Byrne, Martin Gale, Dede Gold, John Kelly, Peter Curling, Martin Gale, Mo Kelly, Nick Miller, Ed Miliano, Abigail O’Brien, and Richard Gorman contributing.
Last year INCOGNITO raised over €80,000 to fund home nursing care for the 350 children under Jack & Jill’s wing and it is hoped to repeat this in 2018.
These are children with severe development delay because of brain damage, children who may never paint a picture themselves; precious children who do better at home, where they are well cared for by their parents with critical support from Jack & Jill nurses.
The Jack & Jill service operates 365 days a year, has no waiting lists and mobilizes an army of 750 nurses and carers around the country.
According to Hugo Jellett, CEO of Jack & Jill: "We have been quite overwhelmed by the number of artists donating their talent, their time and their gift to Jack & Jill.
"The standard of work is simply silencing and unveiling the artworks for INCOGNITO 2018 is a very proud day for Jack & Jill. We expect people from all around the country will be queuing outside The Solomon Gallery to purchase their favorite piece.
"Theirs for just €50 and a small price for a big impact for the children we support. I am also delighted at the platform INCOGNITO provides to less well-known artists to display their talent alongside the big names.
"People often talk about ‘affordable art’ and the price tag is still in the late hundreds, so it really is a joy to be able to present original works – for people to buy for themselves or for friends – at a fixed price of just €50, and once you conceal the identity of the artist, it becomes simply about whether you like it or not… and that will bring a huge sigh of relief to many!”
PICTURED ABOVE: Hugo Jellett CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation with Anne Reilly Jack & Jill’s liaison nurse for County Donegal.
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