April 2020

The Big 100 Artists Exhibition Online starts 6pm Thursday 7 May 2020 – Introducing new artists from East Anglia

Raising funds for Breast Cancer Support and sustaining research in a time of COVID-19

6pm Thursday 7 May 2020 will see the doors thrown open at the start of the VE-Day weekend to the biggest online sale of art, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles and jewellery this season in the UK.

Undeterred by the need to postpone their huge biennial exhibition at the stately home of Glemham Hall, Suffolk, and with the spirit that brought victory to Europe the creative and dynamic volunteer team at Art for Cure has gathered over 100 artists together for a glitter-ing exhibition of over 1000 artworks.

Reaching across the UK, the online show features artists from around the entire country whilst retaining its focus on the vibrant Eastern Anglian art scene.

The exhibition includes a considerable number of artists from the region, who, alongside familiar and loved names, have been newly invited to join forces with the charity to raise funds for breast cancer research and support during this pandemic when sadly diagnoses continue.

New this year is Sue Eaton, working from her studio in the countryside near Clare she paints silver birches on metals including aluminium, brass and copper. Beautiful smooth metals reflecting the changing light perfectly. While Eileen Coxon, living in near Beccles, trained at Norwich School of Art and, having survived breast cancer herself, celebrates the Suffolk countryside and its buildings with her brightly coloured paintings. Guy Allen, also new to Art for Cure is a successful international artist, with a passion for print making and etching; he has developed a series of refined and striking equine images.

Among The Big 100 Artists are also young social media sensation Anna Mac with her wonderfully toned geometric paintings; newly emerging Felicity Beaumont recently out of the University of Suffolk and exploring colour and abstraction of the female form; Barbara Pierson from Wivenhoe depicting glimpses of fleeting moments with figures in coastal scapes and Martin Coe of Woodbridge showing his sensitive landscapes.

With so many of us spending more time than ever enjoying at home and enjoying our gar-dens the opportunity to browse and buy a vast range of both garden and indoor sculpture is timely in every sense. Since its inception in 2014, Art for Cure has been at the forefront of popularising garden sculpture and this year introduces new names in The BIg 100 Art-ists online exhibtion. Among these are Roger Hardy working on the River Alde and Deben dredging and scouring for old wood which he fashions into sculptures that could be of our East Anglian ancestors; Lucy Lutyens working from her family farm in Essex casting bronze abstract forms of contemplation; the monumental meditative qualities of Essex’s John O’Connor’s Angel and Suffolk’s Caro Burberry’s serenity figures or the fragile beauty of Nicola Coe’s egg and spoons.

Sculptors from all over the UK now compete to have their work included in the biennial art exhibition which, this year, is set to be the largest sculpture sale of 2020. Coming to the online gallery at www.artforcure.org.uk the visitor will find more than two hundred and fifty sculptures for sale.

Funds raised from The Big 100 will go to breast cancer support services which comple-ment the excellent core of care from the NHS in the region for those on their breast cancer journey and, as importantly, for aftercare support to retrieve their lives again, often the most difficult stage. Art For Cure has become the predominant fundraiser to many breast cancer support services in the region.

Financial support to date has included Caring for Me in Woodbridge offering courses of complementary therapies such as massage and reflexology to help relieve stress and symptoms associated with breast cancer treatments; Little Lifts, founded by Oa Hackett who suffered her own breast cancer diagnosis in her 20’s, offering chemotherapy comfort boxes so far those in Ipswich, James Paget and West Suffolk hospitals; and a vital post-surgery exercise class at Henley Road and Felixstowe Pool gyms.

Developing for 2020 are funding for a new role of breast cancer counsellor at the Ipswich John Le Vay Centre and monies will go to new professional development for breast cancer nurses and for gym instructors to work with those with or following breast cancer to rehabilitate and keep fit in the future. Plans are also afoot to fund an holistic post-treatment therapy course in Ipswich bringing together a full suite of complementary services.

Supporting leading and vital national breast cancer research projects are a major part of the charity’s focus and just under £500,000 has already been given to specific research projects through the national charity Breast Cancer Now.

Belinda has a medical background having been a nursing sister in London specialising in palliative care. She has grown the charity on an entirely voluntarily basis and none of the incredible 100 volunteers at exhibitions, event team members or trustees are paid a penny.

Belinda says:
“All money raised is personally monitored and channelled where it is intended. The people of East Anglia have been behind us all the way with this endeavour and we encourage everyone to come online at or after 6pm 7 May 2020 @ www.artforcure.org.uk to browse and buy; your support, as ever, makes the difference.

“We could never have imagined this situation arising and our concern goes out to everyone who is affected by this unprecedented situation. Our exciting online exhibition will enable collectors to support our work and enhance their homes and gardens with new pieces of their choice.

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.”