Local artists join famous names in epic online art sale

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Loughrea artist Lorraine Fletcher, one of more than 1,200 artists taking part in this year’s Incognito online art sale

Dozens of Galway artists are among a star-studded line-up of talented artists taking part in Incognito 2021 in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

The online art sale will feature paintings by 62 local artists as well as well-known figures such as Tommy Tiernan, Bob Geldof and The Edge from U2.

As the name suggests, the identity of the artist behind each €60 painting is kept secret until after a purchase has been made.

Local artists taking part include Penny Cahill from Barna, Antoinette O’Mahony from Furbo, Pat Flannery from Ballybane, Christopher Banahan from Kinvara, and Sallyann Beirne and Lorraine Fletcher from Loughrea.

They join other famous names such as designer Paul Costelloe, comedian Jason Byrne, artist Don Conroy and Nobel prize winner Dr William Campbell.

The collection is now live at www.incognito.ie and the online art sale takes place on Thursday 22 April at 10am sharp.

Antoinette O’Mahony from Furbo

Over 3,000 original postcard-sized artworks make up the collection, ranging from oils and pastels to glass and metalwork.

And people are urged to be quick, as during last year’s ultra-successful event, everything was sold in just 15 minutes!

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 Galway artists to a brand-new audience.

“We are so very grateful to each of our artists from Galway who have shared their talents with us and given their art for free,” said Lucinda.

“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.”

For Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, 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,” Carmel explained.

“Less than 20 per cent 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.”

How Incognito Works:

  1. Register online in advance of the online sale on Thursday April 22 at www.incognito.ie – with the sale likely to sell out in minutes, it will save precious time in your sprint to the checkout on the day.
  2. Browse the collection of 3,000-plus postcard artworks, each numbered without artists’ names identified.
  3. Note down details of the artworks you wish to purchase for your wish list.
  4. Be ready to go online on Thursday April 22 at 10am sharp when the sale goes live and choose your selected artworks.
  5. Once your purchase is successful, let the suspense begin for your chosen piece of art to arrive in the post!

Full details can be found at www.incognito.ie