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Jack And Jill: How Great Thou Art

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

Local artist Madeleine Carroll

A total of 22 artists from Kilkenny are among the Who’s Who of Irish and international artists taking part in this year’s Incognito 2021 online art sale in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.
The Incognito art collection is now live at www.incognito.ie with the online art sale taking on April 22 at 10am.
What’s so incredibly fun and exciting about Incognito compared with any other art sale is that the identity of the artists behind the paintings – for sale at €60 each – is kept top secret until the sale has closed.

The collection is made up of 3,000-plus original postcard-sized artworks in a range of mediums, from oils and pastels, to glass and metalwork, in a sale that is usually a sprint to the checkout.
Everything sold out last year in15 minutes.
Among the Kilkenny artists are Bettina Norton, Thomastown, Paul Bokslag, Callan, Madeleine Carroll, Kilkenny City and Sylvia Parkinson Brown and Carolyn Alexander, Piltown.
Some of the famous national and international faces taking part this year are U2s The Edge, rock star Bob Geldof, fashion designer Paul Costelloe, comedians Jason Byrne and Tommy Tiernan, artist Don Conroy and Nobel prize winner Dr William Campbell.

So, whether you’re an art collector or a bargain hunter, there’s something for everyone at Incognito 2021.
In the five years, Incognito has raised almost €450,000 for Jack & Jill’s home nursing care for children with highly complex medical conditions, including end-of-life care.
This equates to over 28,000 hours of specialist home nursing care provided by Jack & Jill nurses and carers.

Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, says that Incognito 2021 is about generous, talented artists turning their art into a real currency for care.
“Each year, Jack & Jill has to raise over €4 million to continue supporting families to look after their sick children at home.
“Less than 20% of our funding comes from Government, and with Covid-19 continuing to restrict our public-facing fundraising and our charity shops still closed, including our shop on Friary Street in Kilkenny, we are relying hugely on the generosity and support of the public for Incognito 2021.
For more information on the vital work of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, visit www.jackandjill.ie.

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