On 3rd May 2017 The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard launches their crowdfunding campaign for their latest project, Art on a Ukulele.

(Adam Crosland Plectrums)

Art on a Ukulele is inspired by Mick Rooney RA’s beautifully painted ukulele from the 2016 RA Summer Exhibition, together they will be curating an orchestra of ukuleles, all painted by well known and loved artists. Crowdfunding Campaign – Art on a Plectrum In order to cover the costs of the project, they are aiming to raise £6000 via Phundee.

Those who fund will have the chance to win plectrums by Ben Eine, Pure Evil, Hayden Kays, Shuby, Pam Glew and Sara Pope or perform with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, or enjoy the concert from the comfort of the mezzanine floor at the Jazz Café over a champagne dinner for two.

(Pam Glew Plectrums)

Gemma Peppé, Director of Art on a Postcard says, “This is so much more than a fundraiser for The Hepatitis C Trust, it’s a way to connect with an audience who we would never normally be able to reach. Music and Art are powerful awareness raising tools. A project like this has more impact than thousands of leaflets or an expensive advert. We aim to enrich your soul and educate as many people in the process as possible.”

Watch Mick Rooney RA introduce the project here:

Mick Rooney Introduces Art on a Ukulele from Art on a Postcard on Vimeo.

The Concert & Auction

Pete Howlett, the UK’s foremost independent ukulele producer and the sole manufacturer for the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) has created a suite of boat paddle ukulele’s in Churchstoke Alder and we have a further 22 Kala ukuleles. Each ukulele will be adorned by artists including Mick Rooney RA, Ramiro Fernandez Suas, Cathy Pilkingon RA, Norman Ackroyd RA, Bill Jacklin RA, Allen Jones RA, Charlie Calder-Potts, David Inshaw and many more.

The instruments will be showcased at a charity performance with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at The Jazz Café and hosted by Channel 4’s Jon Snow on 12th September 2017, followed by an auction for each ukulele – date TBC. The money raised will go to The Hepatitis C Trust. The Hepatitis C Trust is the UK’s national charity for people living with hepatitis C. It is working towards eliminating hepatitis C in the UK by 2030 and therefore closing its doors. In 2015 The Trust’s campaigning led to the Scottish Government committing to a program of elimination. In 2016 the Trust’s parliamentary team are have successfully lobbied Westminster to also commit and Charles Gore, the Trust’s CEO has led a campaign which has culminated in the World Health Assembly committing to the programme of elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are very excited about being involved in the project and will joined by special guests TBC on the 12 at The Jazz Café. Tickets for the concert will be £35.00

(Main Featured Image - Emma Russel Plectrums)