Wednesday, April 07, 2021

A total of 32 artists from Waterford 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 Incognito art collection is live at www.incognito.ie with the online art sale taking place on Thursday, April 22 at 10am sharp.

What’s different about Incognito compared with any other art sale is that the identity of the artists behind the paintings – for sale at €60 each – is kept top secret until the sale has closed.

The Incognito collection is made up of 3,000-plus original postcard-sized artworks in a range of mediums, from oils and pastels, to glass and metalwork, in a sale that is usually a sprint to the checkout. Last year, everything sold out in just 15 minutes.

Among the Waterford artists taking part are Cora Cummins from Villierstown, Laura McNamara from Dungarvan, Kiki Roosli from Tramore, Marie-Jeanne Jacob from Waterford city along with Aidan Crotty.

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.

In the five years 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. This equates to more than 28,000 hours of specialist home nursing care provided by Jack & Jill nurses and carers the length and breadth of the country.

For curator Lucinda Hall, Incognito 2021 is an opportunity to bring the talents of Waterford artists to a brand-new audience.

“We are so very grateful to each of our artists from Waterford 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,” Ms Hall said.

Ms Hall said she hoped that by hosting the art exhibition, that a light can be shone on “the amazing talent of our artists, and introduce a whole new audience to their work.”

Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, said Incognito 2021 is about generous, talented artists turning their art into a real currency for care.

“Each year, Jack & Jill has to raise over €4 million to continue doing what we do supporting families to look after their sick children at home, where they belong,” Ms Doyle explained.

Less than 20 per cent of the charity’s funding comes from the Government, and with COVID-19 continuing to restrict their public-facing fundraising and our charity shops still closed, they 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,” Ms Doyle said. For more information on Incognito 2021, visit www.incognito.ie and for more on the work of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, visit www.jackandjill.ie.

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