As lockdown extends from weeks into months, the stream of charitable initiatives to help those adversely affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis continues. More and more artists and galleries are joining forces either to offer individual artworks or mount online exhibitions to benefit a range of good causes connected with the impact of the coronavirus. A pandemic may seem like a strange time to begin collecting art but if a purchase delivers the double whammy of making a charitable donation and owning a great work, then why not?
Antony Gormley, Together (2020) © the artist. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)
White Cube and Antony Gormley: Together
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The psychological as well as the physical damage caused by the Covid-19 crisis is now well known, and Antony Gormley has chosen this week, which is Mental Health Awareness Week, to launch a limited edition print to support both mental health awareness charities and food banks. Together presents a series of six silhouetted figures originally created out of a single pool of coffee. “These open silhouettes suggest human spaces in space. They touch each other; the touch of others, so important to us, is denied during this time of isolation”, Gormley says, who feels that the works genesis from a single puddle of coffee “runs through the bodies and, like blood, pools, coagulates and dries.” The photopolymer gravure print comes in an edition of 250 priced at £2,000 each. All proceeds go to One to One Project, The Trussell Trust and Together for Mental Wellbeing, three charities which support people suffering the physical, psychological and emotional consequences of lockdown.
Heather Agyepong, Le Cake-Walk: F.U.B.U. from the series Wish You Were Here (2020) © the artists; courtesy of James Hyman Gallery
In Sickness and in Health: James Hyman Gallery
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To also coincide with Mental Health Awareness week James Hyman Gallery has opened In Sickness and In Health, a three-artist online exhibition that addresses physical and mental wellbeing with 10% of sales going to Mind, the mental health charity. The show of work by Joe Spence, Heather Agyepong and Anna Fox runs until 19 June and was originally intended for the cancelled Paris Photo New York Fair in March, however it has taken on new resonance in the present global crisis. Prices range from £2,200 for an individual work by Heather Agypong to £14,000 for a rare and unique example from Jo Spences Phototherapy series from the 1980s.
Damien Hirst, Butterfly Rainbow (2020) Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates ©Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020
Damien Hirst: Rainbow Prints
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Damien Hirst is already offering free downloadable versions of his rainbow and heart posters made from bands of butterfly wings, and now he is releasing these images as a pair of prints, which are available for a limited time to support NHS Charities Together and London-based charity The Felix Project. Butterfly Rainbow and Butterfly Heart come in two sizes and are priced at £300 and £1,000 respectively, with 100% of the proceeds going to the two charities. Hirsts laminated giclée prints are available to buy through Heni Editions until the cut-off point of 28 May. “I wanted to do something to support the many people who are risking their lives to help those in need during this time of crisis,” Hirst says. “The rainbow is a sign of hope and Im so pleased to release these prints to help fund the brilliant work being done by NHS staff across the country, and to raise money for The Felix Project, who are ensuring food is delivered across London to those who need it the most.”
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