The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard is working alongside artist Mick Rooney RA on a project which encompasses music and art. Inspired by Mick’s beautifully painted ukulele in the 2016 RA Summer Exhibition, together they will be curating an orchestra of ukuleles, all painted by well known and loved artists.
Pete Howlett, the UK’s foremost independent ukulele producer and the sole manufacturer for the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain(UOGB), is hand crafting 30 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 RA and many more.
The instruments will be showcased at a charity performance hosted by Jon Snow with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at The Jazz Café on 12th September, followed by a PV at Long & Ryle on 19th September and auction on 21st September. 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 12th September at The Jazz Café.
In May Art on a Postcard successfully reached their £6k target for their crowdfunding campaign through Phundee to help cover the costs of the ukulele project.