Final call for creatives to contribute to ‘Art for Action’ exhibition | Action Medical Research

Charity makes final call for creatives to contribute to ‘Art for Action’ exhibition

9 February 2017

Artists, designers, art schools and celebrities are being called to contribute to the 2017 ‘Art for Action’ exhibition in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The previous exhibition, in 2015, raised nearly £11,000 for the charity and featured 188 artworks including a contribution from high-profile contemporary artist Grayson Perry. Artists already committed for 2017 include Maggi Hambling, Tory Lawrence, Keith Salmon, Julian Bell, Mary Gundry, Helen Armstrong Bland, Derek Chambers, Peter McCarthy, Annabel Dover, Becky Munting, Roger Hardy and Jackie Cotton. Creative contributions also promised from celebrities Anneka Rice, Dermot Murnaghan and best-selling crime writer Peter James. Will you be a part of this amazing event?

On Thursday, 18 May, members of the Ipswich group for Action Medical Research will be holding an exclusive sale of all the original postcard-sized works of art to raise money for the charity, to help save and change children’s lives.

The exhibition and sale of the A5 (210 x 148 mm) artworks will be held at The Tudor Barn, Belstead, near Ipswich and both established and budding artists are being called on to enter a piece for the exciting event. Those attending pay just £30 for a unique piece of art but will not know the creator until they have made their purchase. It could be a masterpiece!

Contributions are welcomed in a range of mediums - sketch, drawing, painting or photograph. Don’t miss out! There are also opportunities to join current sponsors and supporters Barker Gotelee Solicitors, Clarke and Simpson, Classic Stoves and Ranges, Claydens Financial, Ensors Chartered Accountants, Ryan’s Insurance and Handelsbanken.

For 65 years Action Medical Research has been saving and changing children’s lives and has spent more than £115 million funding medical breakthroughs, including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, discovering the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

The charity is currently funding research into conditions including prematurity, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions. Find out more about Action. Watch now:

For more information on contributing to Art for Action, contact Lucy Hynes, Community Fundraising Manager, on 01394 610378 or email

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For high-res images to accompany the story, please click on the links below:


Ipswich committee (pictured from left are Karen Last, Krystyna Smithers, Diana Johnson, Jeanette Brierley and Lucy Hynes):

Grayson Perry’s 2015 piece:

Maggi Hambling’s piece which was sold at auction:


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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. For 65 years we’ve helped pioneer ways to prevent disease and develop treatments benefiting millions of people. Our research has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths. But we urgently need to develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children and we can’t do it without you.

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