Project 2.6 is a new online gallery raising money exclusively for charities by selling a series of unique limited-edition digital downloads from 26 artists. The profits will be donated to three charities: Child Bereavement UK, Young Minds and Mind.
The project will feature pieces donated by artists and celebrities including Jools Holland, who has donated his portrait of Big Joe Turner, one of his all-time favourite singers, made after meeting Joe in the 1980s in New York City.
Other artists donating works are; Sir Quentin Blake, Dave Gibbons, Manchester Street Artist Akse-19, Gary Andrews, Heart FM DJ Lilah Parsons and author/artist and Ex-Real Housewives of Cheshire cast member Stacey Forsey. Founders are still in talks with more celebrities and artists keen to join.
Artists will be announced on Instagram, @project2.6 (@project2point6 on Twitter and Facebook) so audiences will need to keep watch for each new piece as it is released.
Each artwork will be available to purchase online as a download for just 24 hours and will be embedded with blockchain technology, proving its authenticity as a limited-edition, collectable piece of art.
The project is the brainchild of an anonymous Mancunian creative. She said: “I wanted to explore a new idea to help raise funds based on my love of art. I was inspired by the London Marathon 2.6 Challenge which took place during the first lockdown. I am delighted that Project 2.6 will support three charities very close to my heart and who are very much needed, especially so in these difficult times.”
The new online gallery will run from 19 November 2020 and throughout the winter.