World-renowned artists the Connor Brothers have produced a unique hand-painted print exclusively in aid of Manchester Mental Health Charity, 42nd Street.
Famed for their often-humorous work steeped in references to both historical and popular culture, the Connor Brothers – working under the guise of being fictional American twins – are keen supporters of mental health charities; the text on this piece particularly resonating with the charity’s cause.The pair were introduced to the work of 42nd Street, an innovative Greater Manchester charity that provides free and confidential help to young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health and emotional wellbeing, by Manchester art consultant, Leon Martyn.
Hearing of the organisation’s incredible work, which uses art classes to help individuals express their emotions, they were immediately inclined to support the organisation and committed to creating an exclusive hand painted unique print in aid of the charity. The proceeds of the sale of the piece, entitled All She Wanted Was To Be Someone’s Most Precious Person’ and valued at £3,000, will be donated to 42nd Street. The work will be shown exclusively at Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair this October 11 – 13. Speaking on the donation, Creative Director at 42nd Street, Rod Kippen, said: “We are blown away by the generosity of the Connor Brothers, painting this print in aid of 42nd Street.
Art is such a powerful medium in helping young people open up and communicate their feelings, it’s central to the work of our incredible youth workers here in Ancoats. The funds raised from the sale of the exclusive print will contribute to the supply of art materials to ensure our team can continue helping those experiencing difficulties. We’re incredibly grateful for the support.”Art consultant, Leon Martyn, added: “I’m not in the slightest bit surprised the Connor Brothers wanted to support 42nd St, they’re incredibly generous guys who are always looking for ways to support mental health charities close to their hearts.
“I’m really pleased to have been able to make the introduction and to have the opportunity to exhibit the exclusive print at Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair where we will be collecting further funds for 42nd St on stand number 242.” The last time a piece of the Connor Brother’s work was famously gifted was earlier this year, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle presented Idris Elba with a canvas in celebration of his marriage to Sabrina Dhowre. They have exhibited internationally from New York, Sydney and Dubai to London, Hong Kong and Berlin and their work frequently appears at major auction houses. Art enthusiasts interested in learning more about the work of the Connor Brothers are invited to visit Leon Martyn on stand 242 at Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair where other pieces by the artists will also be on display and available for sale.
The acclaimed event, one the UK’s most established and ambitious art fairs returns to Manchester Central this October 11-13. The art fair opens with a VIP preview evening at Manchester Central on Friday 11 October from 5-9pm, followed by public days on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (10am – 5pm).
By Nigel Barlow
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