Celebrities like Joe Lycett and Toyah Willcox share their Cornwall art – and you can own it all


A host of celebrities – including comedian Joe Lycett, pop legend Toyah and Bafta-winning actress Katherine Parkinson – have painted Cornwall-themed artwork… and you can own it.

Cornwall Mind worked with John Dyer, one of the UK’s best-known Cornish artists, to create one of the most exciting and unique art auctions of 2021.

Celebrities including TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh MBE, singer Kim Wilde, Poldark actress Lily Dodsworth-Evans and Cornwall’s own comedian Kernow King have has joined with some of the UK’s foremost contemporary artists to donate over 100 works of art to benefit the charity for mental health.

The “who’s who” of artists supporting the event include renowned sculptor Tim Shaw RA, abstract artist Anthony Frost, Philip Lyons, Alasdair Lindsay, Emma McClure and Gary Long.

Online between April 16 and 25, the online auction will raise much-needed funds for Cornwall Mind’s vital work for people living in the county with mental health challenges.

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The theme of the auction “What comes to mind when you think of Cornwall?” led to a wide range of images.

Joe Lycett donated his portrait of Martin Clunes, singer Kim Wilde painted a family surf vacation scene, while Katherine Parkinson produced two memorable portraits of the Duchess of Cornwall, including one with the more Cornish phrase ‘ “ good job ”.

Katherine, who starred in the hit TV series The IT Crowd and Doc Martin, was the inspiration behind the auction. She said: “I love Cornwall and I am so proud to have Cornish DNA and to know that art plays such a valuable role in mental health.”

Lily Dodsworth-Evans jumped at the chance to get involved and donated a painting of St Ives harbor. She said: “More than ever, with the last year spent in confinement and living on a standstill, I have found myself relying on art as a way to release stress and stay creative.”

Other donors include artist Lucy Davies, ceramicist Paul Jackson, printmaker Lou Tonkin, chef Jack Stein, Fake or Fortune presenter Philip Mold OBE and explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison.

The online auction also features stunning photographs, ceramics, collages, woodcarving, prints and even a first edition yellow striped teapot from design icon Cornishware, hand painted and donated by owner Karina Rickards.

With donations from sailor Pete Goss and pro surfer Alan Stokes to actor Bill Ward and singer Molly Hocking, the auction promises to have something for everyone.

Artist John Dyer, whose Falmouth Gallery sponsored the event, said: “I jumped at the idea of ​​supporting this as there is a huge need for more mental health support in Cornwall. The pandemic has created not only a physical health emergency but also a mental health crisis as well. Cornwall Mind is literally a lifeline for people, and I have seen many people I know and love receiving mental health support.

Cornwall Mind CEO Paul Reeve said: “The Cornwall Mind Art Auction is a fantastic opportunity to challenge the stigma of mental illness and raise the profile of Cornwall and Cornwall Mind. very lucky to have the support of some very generous and talented people in the arts community and people who have a public profile in other fields. So dig deep and make your walls and the world of someone special. ‘another a brighter place. “

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