MUSICIANS EXHIBIT ART FOR CHARITY

Stars of alternative rock are among artists whose work features in a new exhibition raising money for charity.

The exhibition, Always On My Mind, which runs from 27-30 July at the Fitzrovia Gallery in London’s West End, will raise funds for the National Brain Appeal charity.

Artists exhibiting at the show include Nick Cave, Billy Childish, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk), Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub), Twinkle Troughton, Magda Archer, Gordon Beswick, Sasha Bowles, Matthew Collings, Alice Herrick, Corin Johnson, Kate Murdoch, Carson Parkin-Fairley, Harry Pye, Elena-Andreea Teleaga and Tracey Williams.

Artist Harry Pye, who curates the exhibition, says, “The National Brain Appeal help people with neurological disorders that one in six of us are likely to experience in our lifetimes. I have a friend whose recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and two friends with MS. I am now the same age my father was when he suffered a stroke and it feels like an ever increasing number of my peers are becoming full time carers for their parents – unsurprisingly then I’d be delighted all the works in this exhibition sold and the National Brain Appeal got some much needed cash – but that’s not the only reason this exhibition exists. The last few years have been tough on everyone. When I find myself in times of trouble and need help to cope I turn to art and artists. For me, each of the artists in this show is a reason to be cheerful there is something about the way their minds work and/or the intention behind the work they do that I am in love with. My hope is that I’ve organised an exhibition of art that will make you want to make art yourself, give you food for thought, and feel more positive about life. All the ingredients are there.”

The show will be open to the public 27 – 30 July between 12-6pm and entry is free.

Fitzrovia Gallery is at 139 Whitfield St, London W1T 5EN

All artworks are for sale and at least 50% of all sales will go to The National Brain Appeal. There will be two prints by Billy Childish launched at the exhibition and online in editions of 40. Each print will be available for £40 each. All proceeds from sales of the print will be generously donated to The National Brain Appeal.

Pic: A pencil drawing of Elvis by Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub. The drawing is part of an Elvis Presley Triptych.
Francis says, “I enjoy drawing people I like or admire and sharing the images on-line. It’s fun, relaxing and good for my mental health and creativity. Drawing Elvis is tricky – maybe because he is so iconic. But I was glad to try and capture him across different eras while helping to raise money and awareness of a good cause.”

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