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INCOGNITO Launches Online Art Sale in Aid of Jack & Jill


World renowned artists including Bruce & Patti Springsteen, Helen Steele, Paul Costelloe, Duda, Maser, Alice Maher, Bono, Martin Mooney, Dan Chester, Mick O’Dea and Ruthie Ashenhurst are among over 1,000 artists from 10 countries contributing work to the INCOGNITO Art sale of 1,812 original pieces of art for the Jack & Jill Foundation. Each piece in the collection costs €50 with the special twist of no one knowing the identity of the artist until after they buy the art. This year’s INCOGNITO collection is coming to your screens from Monday 23rd March at 12 noon, with the actual sale happening on Friday 24th April.  Incognito has attracted the biggest art queues in Ireland over the last 3 years but this year the queue for art moves online to avoid social contact problems.

For its fourth year running INCOGNITO, the secret art sale in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation launches via virtual gallery, open for viewing 24:7 for 3 weeks from 12 noon on March 23rd. Proudly supported by William Fry, the art sale has been adapted to avoid problems with physical queuing, with 1,812 postcard-size pieces of original artworks appearing on www.incognito.ie  available to view until April 23rd after which the sale will go LIVE. The queues to buy will be of the virtual kind in 2020 but none the less exciting with many world-renowned artists taking part. 

Speaking on Incognito, Bryan Bourke, Managing Partner of William Fry  said 

“Once again we are thrilled to be supporting the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation for INCOGNITO. Despite the current crisis, it is heartening to see the initiative continue, this time online. The funding INCOGNITO provides is vital in supporting sick children and their families throughout the year. It is also an excellent opportunity to view and purchase fantastic artworks by both new and established artists. This year, artwork from people such as Robert Ballagh, Bruce & Patti Springsteen, Helen Steele, and Bono brings great excitement to the initiative.” 

Each of these original art pieces will be sold online to the public on a first-click-first-served basis for €50, — with a maximum of 3 pieces per person, the twist is that no one will know the identity of the artist until after they buy the piece. From Monday, the pieces can be viewed on www.incognito.ie ahead of the sale, which will go LIVE on April 24th. The proud new owners of the pieces will receive them via post for a €5 postage and packing charge.

With works by well-known artists valued at many times the sale price, this is an amazing opportunity to become an owner of a prized painting or simply a piece of artwork that you love. Artists who have kindly submitted their work for INCOGNITO 2020 include Robert Ballagh, Abigail O’Brien, Jason Byrne, Susan Cairns, Peter Curling, Stephanie Hess, Don Conroy, Mo Kelly and Vincent Devine, to name a few!

The event has proved to be a huge success and important fundraiser for Jack & Jill in the past and the charity is delighted to be in a position to bring the gallery to you at home this year. Each €50 purchase equates to 3 hours of specialist home nursing care for one of 340 Jack & Jill families. The foundation provides specialist home nursing care and support to children with severe neurodevelopmental delay who may never walk or talk or paint a picture themselves.

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is delighted with the continued support for this public arts initiative from William Fry, one of the charity’s key corporate partners. William Fry’s support of INCOGNITO is just one part of the firm’s commitment to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

Speaking at the launch Carmel Doyle, CEO of Jack & Jill said, 

“We are delighted to launch the INCOGNITO collection today, a wonderful initiative now into its fourth year.  Yes, we’ve had to move the sale ONLINE this year, but nothing can take away from the wonderful, high quality collection of art donated to Jack & Jill and we are so grateful.  With artists from across the country contributing, this is just another example of how, as a nation, we come together to help others.  The care provided by the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation is vital to the lives of the children and families we support and with each piece sold, 3 hours of specialist home nursing care can be provided. Yet again the standard of art is phenomenal and there’s not one piece in the collection that’s not worth €50 alone.  We’re hoping for another record queue for art this year, but this time it all moves online.”

Special thanks to William Fry and their staff who are so actively involved in Incognito for Jack & Jill.  We greatly appreciate their continued support that has meant that this is one fundraiser we won’t be cancelling.”

For budding artists INCOGNITO is a great platform to exhibit and sell their artwork side-by-side with well-known artists with less well-known artists from Ireland and all around the world, all of whom must strictly adhere to keeping their submission confidential until after the sale.