Saturday, September 26, 2015

RCA Secret to open in Hong Kong for 2016?

Strong rumours reach us that RCA secret is becoming even more international next year.  2016 will see a show in Hong Kong as well as the traditional venue in London and last year's first time venue Dubai. 

Remember you heard it hear first....

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Letter in mind

News has reached us of this great secret art sale - Letter in mind - where contributors include Grayson Perry, Billy Childish and numerous others.

I've cut and pasted below all the information from the press release.  I will certainly be going along, looking forward to it.  You can also still buy some of last years contributions from the website.  Great art for a great cause!

Grayson Perry and Specials bassist Horace Panter amongst 250 contributors of artworks on envelopes for The National Brain Appeal charity’s ‘A Letter in Mind’ fundraising exhibition at gallery@oxo 8-18 October 2015

Following the huge success of The National Brain Appeal’s exhibition of artworks, created on envelopes and sold anonymously for £80, ‘A Letter in Mind - The Art of a Journey’ - returns to gallery@oxo for a second time (8-18 October 2015). Grayson Perry has again created an exclusive artwork for the event. He was also amongst last year’s contributors whose names are only revealed at the end of the exhibition, and helped to raise £22,000 for the charity which raise vital funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UK’s leading centre of excellence for treating diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system.

The exhibition will also include pieces by artists Billy Childish, Catherine Goodman and Harry Pye, author/illustrators Polly Dunbar, Chris Haughton and Tim Hopgood, actors Joanna David, Phyllida Law and Kevin Eldon as well as Horace Panter, bassist of The Specials and professional artist. These will be exhibited alongside pieces from the creative community, local and international − from art studios, arts festivals, drawing clubs and social media-based arts organisations.

‘A Letter in Mind - The Art of a Journey’ invites artists to visually respond to a journey that they have experienced: whether emotional or psychological, real or imagined and to empathise with patients at The National Hospital who embark on their own journeys to recovery or in learning how to live with the effects of their illness or injury. The concept of a journey is specifically relevant to artists as it mirrors the production and culmination of an artwork.

All the artworks use a simple envelope as a starting point. All the envelope artworks will be identically priced at £80 and sold anonymously at the exhibition in aid of The National Brain Appeal. The artist’s name and biography be revealed at the end of the exhibition.

Theresa Dauncey, Chief Executive of The National Brain Appeal, said: “It’s fascinating to see the variety of artworks that people have created in response to the title ‘A Letter in Mind - The Art of a Journey’. There are some really beautiful, intricate and thought provoking pieces. The concept has clearly got people thinking about the relationship between the brain and the mind. The exhibition is free and runs for ten days so we’d love as many people as possible to visit. You could become the proud owner of an original artwork, perhaps by Grayson Perry, for just £80!”

Over 250 submissions have come from established and emerging names in the worlds of art and design, architecture, illustration, graphic design, film and the dramatic arts; the envelopes have been built in, drawn on, painted, written on, wired, collaged, sewn and had artworks sealed inside them. Examples include; a quilted envelope that reveals a fan letter to Grayson Perry hidden inside; a delicately hand-coloured drawing from a 1967 travel sketchbook created by a patient and retired museum designer who, due to her condition is unable to continue drawing and a beautifully sewn fishing fly created by the daughter of a doctor who tragically died from a brain haemorrhage when the artist was only six months old.

The exhibition makes visible the breadth of ways that brain conditions affect us all and how we can create extraordinary poignant artworks in response, in memoriam and in celebration of the lives affected.

‘A Letter in Mind - The Art of a Journey’ will be at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH from Thursday 8 October to Sunday 18 October, open daily from 11am-6pm. Admission free. More information: