Clare artists go INCOGNITO for Jack & Jill Foundation

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THREE Clare artists have donated works to INCOGNITO, a collection curated by the Jack & Jill Foundation in an effort to raise some much needed funds.

Mick O’Dea, Dominic McNamara and Leslie Ryan Hurley have all contributed to the collection of 978 original pieces of art.

INCOGNITO  began previewing on Monday 11th May on www.incognito.ie; with the online sale starting at 10am on 28th May.     

The original artworks will be sold online on a first-click-first-served basis for €50 each, with the exciting prospect of acquiring a very valuable piece of art.  The identity of the artist will not be revealed until the successful purchaser receives their art in the post, with the artist’s signature on the back of the artwork.    

Ten families from Clare have utilised the Jack and Jill foundation’s services in April, with a total of 73 seeking assistance from the charity to date this year. 

Purchasing one painting is the equivalent of three hours of specialist nursing home care for any one of these families.  

The virtual gallery features art from members of the Munster rugby squad alongside art from Bruce and Patti Springsteen, Una Sealey, The Project Twins, Vincent Devine, Martin Mooney, Sylvia Parkinson Brown, Victor Richardson, Martin Gale, Guggi, Bridget Flinn and Adrian+Shane to name but a few.  

Arftwork from the INCOGNITO collection

“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,” said William Fry Managing Partner Bryan Bourke.

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 delighted with the continued support of William Fry, one of our key corporate partners, for this exciting public arts initiative over the last four years and we look forward to working with them again in the future.  We are also 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,” said Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack & Jill Foundation.    

To browse the artwork collection and pre-register for the 28th May sale log on to www.incognito.ie

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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