Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation has launched the second part of its ‘Incognito’ art sale as part of its response to its current funding difficulties. This follows the 15-minute sell out success of ‘Incognito: Part One’ initiative.

The collection of 978 original pieces which have all been donated to the charity began previewing on Monday on www.incognito.ie, with the online sale kicking off at 10am on Thursday, May 28. The collection features art from Bruce and Patti Springsteen, members of the Munster Rugby squad, Sylvia Parkinson Brown and Guggi to name but a few.

According to Bryan Bourke, the Managing Partner of charity supporters William Fry: “We had over 15,000 visitors to the Incognito online store to buy 1,814 artworks at the first sale last month, raising over €90,000 for Jack & Jill within 15 minutes, and we are hoping to repeat this success with ‘Incognito: Part Two’, when the charity most needs this fundraising boost.”

Mr Bourke added: “Here’s an opportunity to bag an original piece of art, which might turn out to be worth a lot more than the €50 sale price…It is a bit of an art lotto; while supporting the very deserving Jack & Jill Foundation in its vital support of Ireland’s sick children. We are asking people to browse the collection now and join the hundreds of people who have already pre-registered for the sale on May 28th.”

The works will be sold online on a first-click-first-served basis for €50 each, but the identity of the artist won’t be revealed until the successful purchaser receives their art in the post, with the artist’s signature on the back of the artwork.

“Each €50 purchase equates to three hours of specialist home nursing care for one of our 340 Jack & Jill families,” said Jack & Jill Foundation Chief Executive Carmel Doyle.

“The Foundation provides specialist home nursing care and support to children with complex medical and life-threatening conditions, many of whom may never walk or talk or paint a picture themselves… We are extremely grateful to all the artists who have, year on year, submitted their artworks for sale for Jack & Jill. Their time and talent are what makes our Incognito art sale such a success, turning art into a real currency for home nursing care support during these challenging times.”

 To preview the collection and pre-register for the May 28 sale, visit www.incognito.ie   

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