This evening a series of specially created prints by some our favourite illustrators will go on sale in Manchester to raise money for cancer charities.
Art V Cancer was set up by Raid71 – aka Chris Thornley – after being treated for an incurable lymphoma. This year's exhibition, on a theme of Bending Time and Space, takes place at the 2022NQ gallery in Manchester from 6pm tonight. If you can't make it, any remaining pieces will be sold online tomorrow on the project's website.
We caught up with Art V Cancer co-organiser Juila Hall to find out more about the project. She's also given us a peek at some of the artwork on sale.
NB: How did you choose the theme for this year's show?
JH: "We wanted a theme this year that encouraged some movie posters but like last year was still open to interpretation. Originally, we were going to do, 'May the force be with you' – similar to the theme we had last year, 'Live Long & Prosper', which had a strong sentiment.
"However, we soon realised there was a very similar themed exhibition going on just before ours - so eventually came up with 'Bending Time & Space'.
"We wanted to choose a theme title that allowed the different kinds of artists as much scope as possible. We take a lot of time to carefully consider a theme that reflects why we are doing it, 'Bending Time & Space', having control of time and how you use it."
Use the slideshow controls above and right to read the rest of the interview and see some of the artwork on show.
NB: How did you choose the specific charities to support?
JH: "We originally chose only CALLM (Caring for Adults with Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma) when we first decided to sell Raid71's prints because this was the charity that supported people in the same position as Chris at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
"When we started working with other artists they asked if some money could be donated to different charities mainly to reflect their personal experiences. The charities we now support covers children, adults and research."
Right: Joshua Budich - I love you. I Know, 18" x24" signed/numbered limited edition screen print, £30
NB: What are the key things you learned from last year's show?
JH: "We learned a lot last year. We had never done anything like this before. A lot of what we learned was how to – and how not to – organise and co-ordinate an exhibition.
"This year, we hope to improve on how efficient we can be particularly when we are busy. Working with all the amazing artists has been so much fun.
"The development of Art V Cancer has been a huge learning curve but one that both artists and those who have bought prints have been incredibly supportive."
Right: Godmachine - Dick Laurent is Dead, 18" x 24" limited edition screen print, £30
NB: How did you get the artists involved this year?
JH: "Just like last year we opened the exhibition to submissions from artists and this helps to bring the variety that I think you will be able to see at the exhibition.
"So many talented artists who took time to submit work. Supportive websites helped to promote the submissions phase and to let people know about it as well as us promoting it where we could on social networking sites.
"We always try to get a few surprises in there, last year we where lucky to get Sir Patrikc Stewart involved. This year we got a few prints screen prints from big international artists."
Right: Raid71 - Hey, limited edition giclee, £20
NB: In general, how important is it for creatives to get involved in causes that matter to them?
JH: "It is very important to us that artists want to get involved because it wouldn't work without them.
"Art V Cancer is ultimately about the art and it is great that we can raise money in the process. It was important to Chris to be able use his skills as an artist and to give something back. That is why we are doing this and of course it's fun and we have so far met some amazingly talented and generous people along the way."
Right: Ben The Illustrator - What's That Thing He's On?, limited edition giclee print £20
Right: Erin Gallacher, Time's Arrow, 18" x24" limited edition screen print, signed/numbered, £30
Right: Kyle Wilkinson, Phaser Guns?, original laser cut piece on composite plywood, (price TBC)
Right: Sam Octigan - Stop, limited edition giclee print £20
Right: Sam Gilbey, Terminating Loop, limited edition giclee print, £20
Right: Tyler Stout, Welcome Home, donated limited edition artist proofs, signed/numbered (price TBC)