Work from over 130 artists is to be auctioned off as part of an exhibition run by The Brain Tumour Charity to raise funds and awareness for its cause and “the importance of time” when contending with the condition.
The London exhibition, called ‘Time’, is to feature photographs, paintings, scans and sculptures from budding and professional artists across the globe, including Tel Aviv and New York, to shine a light on how brain tumours affect people.
The artwork will be auctioned in an online sale during the exhibition for purchase.
A small selection of pieces will also be auctioned off live, towards the end of the event, with all money raised going to the charity.
Graffiti artist Ed Worley – or as many refer to him, Opake – is donating a piece of art which pays homage to Alice in Wonderland and the concept of time, spurred on by seeing a close family friend contend with a brain tumour.
“Just being able to support and donate a piece of my art to this incredible charity is such a small gesture but which I hope will go towards raising those all-important funds which are so needed,” he said.
“‘I Wish I Had More Time’ featuring Alice in Wonderland is a piece I’ve created especially as I’m fully aware of the importance of ‘Time’ when you’re facing this terrible disease.”
The work of Antonio Russo is also to be exhibited. The artist – who is more commonly known as Stony – died in June of last year three years after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma grade 4 brain tumour.
Known for expressive street art – he previously raised money for the charity while dealing with treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy, and continued to work at his craft until his death.
One of the charity’s young ambassadors, Rebecca Taylor, said she wanted to take part to highlight her personal mental health journey.
“My art is inspired by my own experience with mental health following my brain tumour diagnosis and treatment at age 14”, she said.
“Rather than approaching thematically, many of my pieces evolve in style and meaning as I produce them – allowing me to build layers of meaning, colour and texture over time.”
Gina Almond, director of fundraising and marketing at The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We have been inundated with artwork from so many diverse artists, both established and up and coming. It is a privilege to be able to showcase so many of them.
“The collective determination to be part of this innovative project and raise awareness the vital ambitions of The Brain Tumour Charity has been inspirational.
“Time will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the creativity of our community and raise vital funds for the work we do.”
Time runs from April 6 to April 15, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.
Entry is free with a suggested donation, and tickets can be found at thebraintumourcharity.org/get-involved/time-art-exhibition/