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Cornwall Mind - Art Auction

Online Art Auction by Artists and Celebrities
Friday 16th April to Sunday 25th April 2021

We are delighted to announce that the auction raised £30,268 for Cornwall Mind.

The John Dyer Gallery is proud to be supporting Cornwall Mind with their 'Artists & Celebrities Art Auction' in 2021, so that nobody has to face a mental health problem alone.

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."

John Dyer

An array of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists and celebrities have together donated 118 artworks for the auction, with all the profit raised going directly to help fund Cornwall Mind's vital support services to make sure anyone with a mental health problem in Cornwall has somewhere to turn.

Philip Mould from the BBC Fake or Fortune? TV series with his unique one off art print he is donating to the Cornwall Mind art auction

 '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. 

Artist John Dyer, Anthony Frost, Singer Toyah Willcox and artist Joanne Short

Above: Four of the supporters holding their art that will be in the auction
Top left: Artist John Dyer. St Michael's Mount came to mind for his painting.
Top left middle: Artist Anthony Frost. Wonderful colour came to mind for Anthony.
Top right middle: Singer & Actress Toyah Willcox. The Camel Estuary at Padstow inspired Toyah.
Top right: Artist Joanne Short. Tresco inspired Joanne's two pieces of art for the auction.

Above: Four more of the supporters holding their art that will be 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.

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.

"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."

Lily Dodsworth-Evans

Cornwall Mind run art, music and creative writing groups which help to connect people in the community. Community involvement provides a sense of belonging and helps tackle social isolation. Cornwall Mind run garden and allotment projects too which research has shown benefits both mental and physical wellbeing.

"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

Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Joe Lycett, Jeffery Archer and The Voice UK winner Molly Hocking holding their art for the Mind Cornwall charity auction

Above: Four more of the supporters holding their art that will be 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 auction will be live and accepting bids between Friday 16th April and Sunday 25th April 2021

Above: A selection of the art we have already received and photographed ready for the auction

Many of Cornwall's most celebrated artists have agreed to donate original art, including:

Alasdair Lindsay
Andrew Barrowman
Andrew Litten
Andrew Tozer
Anthony Frost
Carl Thorgood
Caroline Atkinson
Caroline Cleave
Chris Bruce
Chris Tate
Claire Henley
Daniel Cole
Emma Jeffreys
Emma McClure
Gary Long
Graham Black
Imogen Bone
Jill Hudson
Joanne Short
Joe Armstrong
John Brenton
John Dyer
John Laver
Judi Green
Karina Rickards - Cornishware owner & Ceramic Artist 
Kay Vinson
Lamorna Penrose
Lisa Wright
Liz Hough
Lou Johns
Lou Tonkin
Lucy Barnfather
Lucy Davies
Lucy Musca
Mark Dunford
Mark Surridge
Marly Jackson
Neil Canning
Paul Jackson
Paul Lewin
Paul Reeve
Philip Lyons
Rachael Mia Allen
Sarah Jane Humphrey
Sarah Wimperis
Sonia Barton
Sophie Harding
Stuart Rowe
Tamsin Dearing
Ted Dyer
Tim Shaw RA
Toby Ray
Tom Holland
Vicki Gillow
Yvonne Coomber

And these amazing celebrities are creating art for the auction:

Alan Stokes - Professional Surfer
Alan Titchmarsh, MBE - Broadcaster, Author, Gardener
Bill Ward - Actor & Photographer
Daphne Skinnard - BBC Radio Cornwall producer
Gillian Burke - TV Presenter & Producer 
Jack Stein - Chef 
Jeffrey Archer - Author
Joe Lycett - Comedian & TV Presenter
Julie Skentelbery - BBC Radio Cornwall Presenter 
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
Nadia Sawalha - Actress and TV Presenter
Pete Goss, MBE - Sailor & Adventurer
Philip Mould, OBE - Art dealer & BBC presenter
Philly Stokes - Photographer, Artist, Surfer

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

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