Celebrities to attend exclusive art showcase to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK
Nik Grimshaw, Tinie Tempa, June Sarpong and leading fashion designer Henry Holland are among the stars attending TIME, an exclusive one-off showcase of work by established and upcoming artists to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK. The event is being hosted in a pop-up gallery at a private location in the city on Thursday 21st March.
TIME was chosen for the name and theme of the event to reflect the urgent need to take on pancreatic cancer, which is both the deadliest and quickest killing of all common cancers. A quarter of people with pancreatic cancer die within a month of diagnosis.
The event which is being held for the first time has been curated by supporters of the charity Eunice Olumide MBE, Amanda Aldous MBE and the Prince and Pilgrim Gallery. It will feature one off collectable pieces from artists such as Robi Walters, The Connor Brothers, and Hen Coleman and photographers, Dave Hogan and Jim Grover, as well as never before seen work from Dan Baldwin and international artists Olumide Oregesun and the late Kevin Atkinson.
Lead curator of TIME, supermodel, philanthropist and gallery owner Eunice Olumide MBE became involved with Pancreatic Cancer UK after learning about the shocking survival statistics around the disease which have not improved for more than 40 years. She will be introducing Nigerian Hyperrealist Olumide Oresegun’s first ever UK exhibition as part of TIME. Oresegun’s most iconic pieces are breath-taking water scenes which are highly sought after by collectors.
Eunice Olumide MBE said: “I was seriously stunned to learn about this cancer and that less than 7 per cent of people diagnosed will survive for 5 years. I knew nothing about its symptoms. For a cancer that has no discrimination around age, gender, race or socio economic status to be the quickest killing in the UK but receive the least funding was enough for me to feel motivated to get involved and that is why I am supporting through the Olumide Gallery and the artists I represent.”
Pancreatic Cancer UK is dedicated to funding ground-breaking research into new treatments and faster diagnosis for the disease. The charity runs the only dedicated support line for people with pancreatic cancer, which is staffed by specialist nurses, and it also campaigns for better care, treatment and recognition for those affected.
Diana Jupp, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “Incredible progress has been in treatment for other cancers, but there hasn’t been a major breakthrough in pancreatic cancer for over 40 years. That is simply unacceptable. We urgently need to fund more research into new treatments before the deadliest common cancer takes even more lives, which is why so grateful to the artists and to Schroders for making this event happen and helping us transform the future for people affected by this dreadful disease. “