Postcards from Dublin in aid of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation
'Incognito' is a 2017 large-scale public art project. Artists are committing to create a postcard-size piece of original art to raise funds for the children’s charity. Following a public online viewing from the beginning of April 1500 postcard-size works of art will be exhibited from April 22nd - 25th at the Solomon Gallery, Balfe Street, Dublin 2. The public will be given the opportunity to buy each original artwork for just €50. First come, first served basis. Any postcards that are unsold in that period will go back online to be sold thereafter.
The artists' names, some very well-known, will remain incognito until the card is purchased and the artist’s signature is revealed on the back of the card. Gerard Byrne is delighted to join the forces of this fantastic arts initiative along the side of other talented artists as Thomas Ryan, Martin Gale, Robert Ryan, Jonathan Yeo, Desmond Morris and Peter Curling. They already committed – to paint, draw, collage or photograph on a small card (provided to their home or studio).
Gerard Byrne artwork Incognito Jack & Jill Children's Foundation The organisers are hoping that the simplicity and speed of this approach will appeal to a wide base of artists. Furthermore, the anticipation and gamble of revealing the artist post-purchase means that all buyers will get to make an affordable purchase of something they like. Some buyers might just pick up something very valuable for €50.
All proceeds go to the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation. It is hoped that this visual arts initiative will raise €75,000 for Jack & Jill. The monies will be used to fund home nursing-care for children with severe development delay. Children who may never paint a picture themselves, but precious children who do better at home, where they are well cared for by their parents with critical support from Jack & Jill nurses.