A Letter in Mind 2016 – A View on Nature

Following the huge success of The National Brain Appeal’s previous two art exhibitions, created on envelopes and sold anonymously, ‘A Letter in Mind’ returned to gallery@oxo for a third time last week with the theme ‘A View on Nature’. Grayson Perry once again created an exclusive artwork for the event which raises vital funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UK’s leading centre of excellence for treating diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system.

‘A Letter in Mind – A View on Nature’ invited artists to take inspiration from their travels, observations and letters exploring their personal relationship with the natural world and our environment. From flora and fauna, animal or mineral, the laws of physics and advances in astronomy to the abstraction found in natural symmetry and fractal patterning.

The exhibition comprised over 230 envelope artworks. These included beautiful, moving and thought-provoking pieces from the international art world (from the Bahamas, Uganda and Australia). A host of well-known artists have donated new works, including: Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition exhibitor Tom Hammick and; award-winning illustrators Polly Dunbar.


Grayson Perry’s contribution


Gill Rocca’s contribution


Harry Pye’s contribution

As well as professional artists, the exhibition showcased contributions from musicians, museum designers, a biologist and a stamp designer. Many of the artworks were created by artists who have themselves been patients or whose family has been affected by the work of The National Hospital. The breadth of medium and interpretation of the theme ‘A View on Nature’ yet again produced an extraordinary range of engaging work.


Supporter and actress, Sophie Thompson was in attendance


Sophie Thompson’s contribution

All the artworks used a simple envelope as a starting point and every artwork was identically priced at £85 and sold anonymously at the exhibition in aid of The National Brain Appeal. The artist’s name and biography were revealed at the end of the exhibition.

2016’s exhibition was the most successful yet. With over 1350 visitors over the exhibition period from 5-9 October and more than 180 (from a total of 277) works of art sold and still selling online to raise funds for The National Brain Appeal.

The identities of certain artists’ work that has sold so far has been revealed online; Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley’s works have sold there are still lots of wonderful works available. If you are interested in purchasing any artwork, please head to the online buying gallery.

All images remain the copyright of the artist and are courtesy of The National Brain Appeal

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