More than 60 pieces of art by people living with or affected by motor neurone disease (MND) are being showcased at an exhibition marking the 40-year anniversary of the MND Association.
‘Art Beyond Limits’ is a free exhibition taking place at the gallery@oxo on London’s South Bank between 2 and 6 October which aims to drive awareness of this devastating disease, that has no cure. Curated by the Association, a diverse group of artists will be displaying, and selling, their work which includes traditional painting, mixed media, photography and art created with technology.
The artists’ line-up includes Sarah Ezekiel who paints bold pictures using Eyegaze technology following her losing the use of her hands through MND. Also exhibiting is Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, a scientist living with MND who is focusing his efforts on sourcing cutting edge technology to enable him to thrive. Ron Wheeler is also living with MND and creates a mix of fantasy and seascapes, while David Shaw (deceased) rediscovered art as a form of therapy and communication; his ink drawings are reminiscent of André Masson.
Photographic exhibits come from two artists living with MND. Miles Pilling is an ex-BBC cameraman, director and video journalist who creates images despite being unable to walk around with a camera. Simon Adams takes control of the camera from his wheelchair, with the help of his PA and smart technology.
The exhibition also includes work from Stanley (Mac) McMurtry MBE, a British cartoonist who is best known for his work in the Daily Mail newspaper and whose wife died of MND. Award-winning artist Lucy Pittaway’s art is inspired by her daily life in Yorkshire, family, feelings and past experiences and is shaped by losing her father, Middlesbrough Football Club legend, Willie Maddren, to MND in 2000.
Sally Light, Chief Executive of the MND Association said:
“We are extremely excited about the exhibition and so grateful to all the artists who are showcasing their fantastic work to mark 40 years of the Association. We hope that as many people as possible come along to view this art that isn’t necessarily created in a traditional way, and to help us raise awareness of MND. Together we will make a difference to those living with and affected by this devastating disease.”
All the work on display will be for sale with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to the MND Association.
The MND Association was founded in 1979 by a group of families affected by the disease. Forty years on the charity funds the co-ordination of life-changing care for people living with MND offers support for families and carers and invests around £16 million in a global research effort to discover causes, potential new treatments and ultimately a cure.