What comes to Mind when you think of Cornwall?
We are super excited to announce our big fundraiser for spring 2021
Online Art Auction by Artists and Celebrities
Friday 16th April to Sunday 25th April 2021
We are proudly being supported and sponsored by The John Dyer Gallery. Cornwall Mind contacted artist John Dyer to see if he would be able to donate an A4 sized drawing or painting for a potential art auction.
“I jumped at the idea, as there is such a huge need for more mental health support in Cornwall. The pandemic has created not only a physical health emergency but a mental health crisis too. Cornwall Mind is literally a lifeline for people, and I have seen many people I know and love benefit from mental health support.”
An array of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists and celebrities have together donated over 80 artworks for the auction, with all the profit raised going directly to help fund Cornwall Mind’s vital support services to make sure that people struggling with their mental health in Cornwall have somewhere to turn. With over one in four people experiencing a mental health problem in Cornwall, the need for good quality mental health support, advice and information is vital.
‘What comes to Mind when you think of Cornwall?’ is the inspiration that Cornwall Mind have given to the artists and celebrities taking part, and there are some wonderful interpretations.
Above: Four of the supporters holding their art that will feature in the auction
Top left: Artist Lamorna Penrose. The movement of the sea came to mind for Lamorna.
Top left middle: Rock Star Kim Wilde. Kim’s son Harry surfing in Cornwall came to mind for her painting.
Top right middle: Actress Lily Dodsworth-Evans. Childhood summers in St Ives came to mind for Lily.
Top right: Actress Katherine Parkinson. The Duchess of Cornwall was who came to mind for Katherine.
“Cornwall is a very special place that holds my happiest childhood memories, especially in St Ives where I spent all my summers growing up, so art has always been in my life as a result. More than ever with the last year spent in lockdown and life on standstill, I’ve found myself relying on art as a way of releasing stress and staying creative.”
Above: Four more of the supporters holding their art that will feature in the auction
Top left: TV Presenter Alan Titchmarsh, MBE. The coast and sub-tropical plants came to mind.
Top left middle: Comedian Joe Lycett. Martin Clunes from the Doc Martin TV series came to mind.
Top right middle: Author Jeffrey Archer. The Tate Gallery in London and the link to St Ives came to mind.
Top right: Singer and The Voice UK 2019 winner Molly Hocking. Cornish sunsets came to mind.
“The Art Auction for Cornwall Mind is a fantastic opportunity to challenge the stigma of mental illness and raise the profile of Cornwall and Cornwall Mind. We have been very lucky to have the support of some very generous and talented people from the artistic community and from people who have public profile in other areas. Our Community Fundraiser, Lucy and her team have worked incredibly hard to pull this together. So dig deep and make your walls and someone else’s world a brighter place.”
Paul Reeve, CEO Cornwall Mind
The auction will be live between Friday 16th April and Sunday 25th April 2021 (we will have a link to it nearer the time) and we can’t wait to show you all the amazing work that has been donated to this extraordinary event. We will share a link to the auction on social media when it is live.
Follow our art auction Instagram page to get sneak previews @cornwallmindartauction
Many of Cornwall’s most celebrated artists have agreed to donate original art, including:
Rachael Mia Allen
Tim Shaw RA
And these amazing celebrities are creating art for the auction:
Alan Stokes – Professional Surfer
Alan Titchmarsh, MBE – Broadcaster, Author, Gardener
Bill Ward – Actor & Photographer
Gillian Burke – TV Presenter & Producer
Jack Stein – Chef
Jeffrey Archer – Author
Joe Lycett – Comedian & TV Presenter
Julia Sawalha – Actress
Julie Skentelbery – BBC Radio Cornwall Presenter
Karina Rickards – Cornishware owner & Ceramic Artist
Karl Mackie – Photographer
Katherine Parkinson – Actress
Kernow King – Comedian & Actor
Kim Wilde – Rock Star
Kerri McLean – Actress & Director
Laurence Reed – Presenter
Lily Dodsworth-Evans – Actress
Hannah Stitfall – Wildlife Presenter/Producer/Filmmaker
Mike Hogan – Photographer
Molly Hocking – Singer and The Voice UK 2019 winner
Pete Goss, MBE – Sailor & Adventurer
Philip Mould, OBE – Art dealer & BBC presenter
Philly Stokes – Photographer, Artist, Surfer
Rob Walker – Sports Commentator
Robin Hanbury-Tenison, OBE – Explorer, Author and President of Survival International
Sir Tim Smit, KBE – Co-founder of the Eden Project, Executive Vice Chair of Eden Project Ltd & Executive Chairman of Eden Project International Ltd
Tom Butler – Professional big wave Surfer
Toyah Willcox – Singer & Actress
Will Coleman – Storyteller & Creator of Man Engine
We are receiving new pledges every day and we will update the list as they arrive.