Get your hands on a limited edition deckchair decorated by a renowned artist

PUBLISHED: 15:22 07 May 2020 | UPDATED: 17:00 07 May 2020

Three of the limited edition deckchairs on sale in the Art For Cure Big 100 Artists online exhibition, from left Barbara Pierson's Testing the Water, Richard Knight's Spitfires Ascending and Birdget Davies Scarlett i Gold

Three of the limited edition deckchairs on sale in the Art For Cure Big 100 Artists online exhibition, from left Barbara Pierson's Testing the Water, Richard Knight's Spitfires Ascending and Birdget Davies Scarlett i Gold

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There are only 25 of each specially designed deckchair being offered as part of the Art For Cure Big 100 Artists online exhibition, which is raising funds for vital breast cancer support.

Art for Cure Big 100 Artists exhibition includes paintings and sculptures created to commemorate VE-Day. This is Spitfires Ascending by Richard KnightArt for Cure Big 100 Artists exhibition includes paintings and sculptures created to commemorate VE-Day. This is Spitfires Ascending by Richard Knight

Looking for the perfect deckchair for relaxing in your garden? Then look no further than the Art For Cure limited edition deckchairs which are for sale in the charity’s online exhibition which launches on May 7.

These are, of course, not just any deckchairs. Each one has been uniquely designed using a state of the art digital print of an original artwork created for the Suffolk charity’s Big 100 Artists online exhibition and generously donated by the exhibiting artist. British-made in sustainable hardwood, they feature colourful contemporary beach and river scenes, botanicals and glamorous figures. Four of the deckchairs have been specially created to mark VE-Day and are printed with the dynamic Spitfire and aviation artwork of Richard Knight.

Each design is a limited edition of only 25 and available to order at a price of £150. These VE-Day collection can also be bought as a set of four for £499. The artists take no commission for sales and all money raised from the sale of the deckchairs goes directly to Art For Cure for their fund raising.

For more information go to where you can also see some of the incredible art for sale in the exhibition.

Art for Cure Big 100 Artists exhibition includes paintings and sculptures created to commemorate VE-Day. This is  Spitfire by Richard CresswellArt for Cure Big 100 Artists exhibition includes paintings and sculptures created to commemorate VE-Day. This is Spitfire by Richard Cresswell

Every year Art For Cure raises many thousands of pounds for charities that provide research into breast cancer and support services to those coping with the disease, complementing excellent NHS care in the region.

The prestigious exhibition, held at Glemham Hall near Woodbridge, attracts some of the country’s top artists and sculptors, including many local to Suffolk. This year the Coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the exhibition but, determined not to abandon its fundraising goals, AFC’s team of volunteers came up with the idea of creating a wonderful new online gallery where art lovers can browse and buy.

The Big 100 Artists exhibition – live from 6pm May 7 – is the biggest online sale of art, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles and jewellery this season in the UK. Art for Cure founder Belinda Gray says the team have been inspired by the VE Weekend spirit and have gathered more than 1,000 artworks from 100 artists.

The online show features artists from across the country while still retaining a strong focus on the vibrant Eastern Anglian art scene with a considerable number of artists from the region, who have been newly invited to join forces with the charity to raise funds for breast cancer research and support during this pandemic, when sadly diagnoses continue.

The Art For Cure Big 100 Artists online exhibition features 1,000 works by artists from all over the UK. This is Blue by Dot KuzinarThe Art For Cure Big 100 Artists online exhibition features 1,000 works by artists from all over the UK. This is Blue by Dot Kuzinar

Take a look at vintage videos that show how Britain celebrated VE Day.

Meet some of the artists

The Art For Cure Big 100 Artists online exhibition features 1,000 works by artists from all over the UK. This is Swallow Joy by Joel WalkerThe Art For Cure Big 100 Artists online exhibition features 1,000 works by artists from all over the UK. This is Swallow Joy by Joel Walker

New this year is Sue Eaton, working from her studio in the countryside near Clare. Sue paints silver birches on metals including aluminium, brass and copper. Beautiful smooth metals reflecting the changing light perfectly.

Eileen Coxon, living in near Beccles, trained at Norwich School of Art and, having survived breast cancer herself, celebrates the Suffolk countryside and its buildings with her brightly coloured paintings.

Guy Allen, also new to Art for Cure, is a successful international artist with a passion for print making and etching. He has developed a series of refined and striking equine images.

Among The Big 100 Artists are young social media sensation Anna Mac, with her wonderfully toned geometric paintings, newly emerging Felicity Beaumont, recently out of the University of Suffolk and exploring colour and abstraction of the female form, Barbara Pierson from Wivenhoe, depicting glimpses of fleeting moments with figures in coastal scapes, and Martin Coe of Woodbridge, showing his sensitive landscapes.

Since its inception in 2014, Art for Cure has been at the forefront of popularising garden sculpture and this year introduces new names in The Big 100 Artists online exhibition.

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Among these are Roger Hardy, working on the River Alde and Deben, dredging and scouring for old wood which he fashions into sculptures that could be of our East Anglian ancestors, and Lucy Lutyens, working from her family farm in Essex, casting bronze abstract forms of contemplation. Over in Essex John O’Connor’s Angel exhibits monumental meditative qualities, while Suffolk’s Caro Burberry creates serenity figures, and Nicola Coe captures a sense of fragile beauty with her egg and spoons.

Sculptors from all over the UK now compete to have their work included in the exhibition which, this year, is set to be the largest sculpture sale of 2020 with more than 250 pieces for sale.

About Art for Cure

Art For Cure has become the predominant fundraiser to many breast cancer support services in the region which complement the excellent core of care from the NHS. Funds also help to finance aftercare support to help people retrieve their lives, often the most difficult stage.

Financial support to date has included:

Caring for Me in Woodbridge, offering courses of complementary therapies such as massage and reflexology to help relieve stress and symptoms associated with breast cancer treatments.

Littlelifts, founded by Oa Hackett who suffered her own breast cancer diagnosis in her 20s, offering chemotherapy comfort boxes.

Post-surgery exercise classes at Henley Road and Felixstowe Pool gyms.

Developing for 2020 is funding for a new role of breast cancer counsellor at the Ipswich John Le Vay Centre. Monies will go to new professional development for breast cancer nurses and for gym instructors to work with those with or following breast cancer to rehabilitate and keep fit in the future.

Plans are also afoot to fund a holistic post-treatment therapy course in Ipswich bringing together a full suite of complementary services.

Belinda Gray, who started the charity following her own breast cancer diagnosis and successful treatment, has a medical background having been a nursing sister in London specialising in palliative care. She says: “All money raised is personally monitored and channelled where it is intended.

“The people of East Anglia have been behind us all the way with this endeavour and we encourage everyone to come online to browse and buy. Your support, as ever, makes the difference.

“We could never have imagined this lockdown situation arising and our concern goes out to everyone who is affected by this unprecedented situation. Our exciting online exhibition will enable collectors to support our work, and enhance their homes and gardens with new pieces of their choice.

“Art for Cure intends to remain on track to reach £1 million raised for breast cancer research and services since we started in 2014.”

Visit the Art for Cure Big 100 Artists exhibition to help raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer.

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