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A letter in Mind – The National Brain Appeal

This exhibition comprises of artists’ visual responses to the title ‘A Letter in Mind’ realised on envelopes.  With submissions from well known names in the worlds of art and design, illustration, graphic design, fashion and craft; the medium is determined by the artist, the envelopes can be drawn on, written in, collaged or even disassembled. The artworks will be priced at between £50-£100 and sold anonymously at the exhibition in aid of The National Brain Appeal.  Only when the purchaser buys the work will the artist’s name and biography be revealed.

Why – ‘A Letter in Mind’?

We find ourselves asking what the brain is, what the mind is, where do they meet?  Is it possible to think about one without the other?

A definition of the brain is ‘the organ inside the head that controls thought, memory, feelings, and activity’ and the mind as ‘the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.’   

When we begin composing a letter we are mindful of what we would like to communicate.  The title of the exhibition ‘A Letter in Mind’ can be approached in any visual way: literally, as a concept to explore, or an image to dispatch! 

The exhibition is one of the events celebrating The National Brain Appeal’s 30th Anniversary.

The National Brain Appeal is the charity dedicated to raising funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square London.

The National is one of the world’s leading centres for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with a wide range of neurological and neuromuscular conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS), brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Prion disease, and head injury.

One in six people in the UK are affected by a neurological condition.  This can be from birth, through illness or injury.


‘A Letter in Mind’ is produced with the generous assistance of Bureau Direct

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