Eighteen Roscommon artists are among the ‘who’s who’ of Irish and international artists taking part in this year’s Incognito 2021 online art sale in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.
The art collection is now live at www.incognito.ie with the online sale taking place on Thursday, April 22nd at 10 am sharp.
What makes Incognito unique is that the identity of the artists behind the paintings – on sale for €60 each – remains top secret until the sale is closed!
‘Down To A Fine Art’, the Incognito collection is made up of more than 3,000 original postcard-sized artworks in a range of mediums, from oils and pastels to glass and metalwork, in a sale which saw every piece sold out within fifteen minutes last year!
Among the Roscommon artists taking part are Michelle Fox Bell from Coosan and Honor FitzGerald from Roscommon town. Some of the famous national and international faces taking part this year are U2’s The Edge, rock star Bob Geldof, fashion designer Paul Costelloe, comedians Jason Byrne and Tommy Tiernan, artist Don Conroy and Nobel prize winner Dr William Campbell.
Since its inception, Incognito has raised almost €450,000 for Jack & Jill’s home nursing care for children with highly complex medical conditions, including end-of-life care.
Incognito curator Lucinda Hall, says the event is an opportunity to bring the talents of Roscommon artists to a brand-new audience: “We are so very grateful to each of our artists from Roscommon who have shared their talents with us and given their art for free. It is a huge tribute to their generosity of time and spirit following what has been an extremely difficult period for the arts world.
“We hope that by hosting what is Ireland’s largest online public art exhibition, that we can shine a light on the amazing talent of our artists, and introduce a whole new audience to their work”.
CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, Carmel Doyle, said Incognito 2021 is a vital fundraiser for the charity due to the effects of Covid-19.
“Less than 20 percent of our funding comes from Government, and with COVID-19 continuing to restrict our public-facing fundraising and our charity shops still closed, we are relying hugely on the generosity and support of the public for Incognito 2021.
“Each piece sold translates into almost four hours of specialist home nursing care for local children, turning this beautiful art into a real currency for care,” she said.