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INCOGNITO 2018 includes works by 10 Sligo artists

Over 1000 artists donate an original, miniature art piece to Incognito - an art exhibition for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, to go on sale for €50 each in The Solomon Gallery 6th to 8th April, giving buyers a chance to purchase a valuable piece worth thousands from a well-known name. And the catch? You don’t know the artist’s name until you buy the art!

The exhibition comprises over 1500 original, postcard sized art pieces, donated by 1000 artists from around the country and overseas, including 10 artists from County Sligo. The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation has supported over 2,240 children and their families from across the country since 1997, including 29 from County Sligo. The charity is delighted that William Fry has come on board to support the largest group-show exhibition in a single gallery in state history, as part of the Firm’s three-year commitment to the Jack and Jill Foundation.

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.

The collection will be on sale, on a first come first served basis, for €50 each in The Solomon Gallery, Dublin (beside the Westbury Hotel off Grafton Street) from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April, offering purchasers a chance to secure a valuable piece of art worth thousands of euro from one of the well-known artists involved. In a bid to avoid the queues around the block witnessed last year, there are preview exhibition days on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April, although the identity of the artists remains anonymous until after purchase when the art goes on sale on Friday 6th at 10am.

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.

'Overwhelmed'


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!”

Speaking on William Fry's involvement, Bryan Bourke, Managing Partner, said, “We are extremely excited to be involved with INCOGNITO, which is a truly innovative fundraising initiative that makes art accessible to everyone while helping to provide much needed nursing and respite support for sick children and their families. Looking at the artwork online today, we hope that as many people as possible will start window shopping at www.incognito.ie and make a date for The Solomon Gallery.”