Internationally-renowned artists come together for brain exhibition in support of Parkinson's UK

A group of internationally-renowned artists, led by artist and curator Ben Moore, are coming together to raise money for Parkinson's research to be showcased at The Other Art Fair, London.

Ben Moore has curated a group of top artists from around the world to contribute to an exhibition, Me, My Brain and I, at The Other Art Fair in support of Parkinson's UK. 

Theatrical effects artist Schoony has created life-size fabricated brain sculptures for the participating artists to use as a blank canvas. Alex Echo, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in early 2020, is among the world-class artists who'll be designing a brain sculpture in their own distinctive style. Other artists include Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Conrad Shawcross.

Each completed brain sculpture will be displayed during the art fair before being auctioned. All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Parkinson's UK. Limited edition prints from the artists involved will also be sold at the art fair in support of Parkinson's UK.

100% of the money raised will go to Parkinson's research so we can continue to make breakthroughs, discover better treatments and one day, find a cure. 

Parkinson's UK Director of Engagement Paul Jackson-Clark says:

"Me, My Brain and I invites us all to consider our own brain, to visualise it as the source of all the things that make us 'us'. Our brains curate our lives, on the one hand acting as unique libraries, holding memories, experiences and skills, while on the other powering supercomputer-powered curiosity, creativity and innovation. 
 
"We're delighted to be partnering with Ben Moore, and Saatchi Art and The Other Art Fair in what we all believe will be a beautiful, thought-provoking, and moving creative experience. We're indebted to the incredibly generous artists who are making this possible with a single shared aim, to raise funds for Parkinson's research and to find a cure."

Ben Moore, who founded and curated the exhibition says:

"This exhibition asks each artist and every viewer to consider what their brain means to them, through a shared but unique creative lens. 

"Working with these incredible artists to benefit people with Parkinson's and the people who love them is an immense privilege."

A visual representation of living with Parkinson's

Alex Echo was diagnosed with Parkinson's in early 2020. He hopes his brain sculpture, Tremor, will create a visual representation of what it's like to live with Parkinson's: 

"As your body and motor skills break down and fail with Parkinson's, every moment becomes an existential experience.

"It's been difficult, but when I'm doing art, time disappears. Parkinson's disappears. Worries disappear. Art saves my life every day and has for 42 years."

As well as contributing to Me, My Brain and I, Alex has teamed up with Next and Parkinson's UK to design bold, uplifting designs for an exclusive range of homewares and kids' T-shirts. 

Get tickets to The Other Art Fair

Come along to explore Me, My Brain and I, as well as the work of 140 independent and emerging artists at The Other Art Fair in London from 14 to 17 October.

Tickets start from £9.