'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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Art on a Ukulele

A charity collaboration with Art on a Postcard

Art on a Ukulele was inspired by Mick Rooney RA's beautifully painted ukulele from the 2016 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Throughout 2017 we curated an orchestra of ukuleles, all painted by well known and loved artists. The ukuleles were showcased at a charity performance with George Hichliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at The Jazz Café hosted by Channel 4’s Jon Snow. Then exhibited at Long and Ryle in South London, accumulating in an auction hosted by Ewbanks, raising a total of £43,000 for The Hepatitis C Trust.

The Ukuleles

Limited edition prints of the ukuleles can be purchased here.

Fundraising for the project

In order to cover the costs of the project, we used crowdfunding platform Phundee to raise £6,000. Funders had the chance to win hand painted plectrums by Ben Eine, Pure Evil, Hayden Kays, Shuby, Pam Glew and Sara Pope, to perform with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and to enjoy the concert from the comfort of the mezzanine floor at the Jazz Café over a champagne dinner for two.

Exhibition at Long and Ryle

Gemma Peppé, Director of Art on a Postcard says, “This is so much more than a fundraiser for The Hepatitis C Trust, it’s a way to connect with an audience who we would never normally be able to reach. Music and Art are powerful awareness raising tools. A project like this has more impact than thousands of leaflets or an expensive advert. We aim to enrich your soul and educate as many people in the process as possible.”

See all the photos from the exhibition on the Art on a postcards facebook page.