Limerick artists go under cover to help sick children

Barbara Hartigan is one of the 29 Limerick artists taking part in Incognito 2023.

LIMERICK artists have once again illustrated their generous nature with 29 of them taking part in Incognito 2023, the online art sale taking place on Wednesday, April 26, in aid of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.

What makes Incognito so special is that prospective buyers have absolutely no idea who the artist is behind their favourite postcard-sized artwork until the collection has sold out, and the artists are revealed but every artwork costs €65, regardless of the fame or promise of the artist. 

Among the Limerick artists participating this year are Fabienne Auger from Annacotty, Grace O’Brien from Westbury and Barbara Hartigan from Castleconnell.

They join a galaxy of superstars taking part including rock legend Ronnie Wood, Westlife’s Mark Feehily, singer Brian Kennedy, fashion designers Don O’Neill and Paul & William Costelloe, folk singer Mary Black and actress Norma Sheahan.

The Incognito 2023 collection of almost 3,000 original pieces of postcard-sized art, by more than 1,000 artists.

Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter

Now in its seventh year, Incognito has raised over €860,000 in providing in-home nursing care and respite support to Jack and Jill families, including 19 families living in Limerick.

Jack and Jill is hoping that funds generated in 2023 will bring the total amount raised through this impactful art initiative to €1 million.

For Margaret Naughton, Jack and Jill Liaison Nurse Manager for Limerick, Incognito is not just about the amazing art from local artists, but about the difference it makes to the lives of families in the community.

“Each work of art purchased is valuable, not only in its own right, but also for the hours of in-home nursing it funds for children with highly complex and life-limiting medical conditions. It is great to see so many artists rallying to support local Jack and Jill families and demonstrating what real community spirit means.”

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation is an Irish children’s charity that funds and delivers in-home nursing care and respite support for children with severe to profound cognitive delay, up to the age of six. 

Another key part of the service is end-of-life care for all children up to the age of six, irrespective of diagnosis.

The charity mobilises a crew of community nurses and carers, operates seven days a week, with no means test, no red tape and no waiting list. 

To view the Incognito Art Sale collection, or to register your wish list, log on here