On Monday, UK social enterprise Eazl Arts announced it has teamed up with crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic to launch its Art In A Corner Charity Fundraising Project, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’, Images Of A Woman, a painting created during the band’s 1966 lockdown in Japan.
According to Music Week, the new project is being endorsed by Sir Paul McCartney along with Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Imagine Dragons, Years & Years, Florence & The Machine, and The Libertines. It will feature paintings from the band’s music acts, which will be auctioned later this year and funds will be used to support organizations such as Youth Music and Children & The Arts. Exhibited work includes backstage photos of The Beatles’ 1966 tour in Japan by renowned British photographer Robert Whitaker.
Creative director at Eazl Arts, Richard Unwin, shared with the media outlet while the event has been fun to put together, there has been some challenges, which includes establishing work relationships with different partners and participants along with keeping everyone on the same page. Paul Aspell, founder of Eazl, has kept an optimistic view on how everything is going and is excited about this year’s event:
“This past year we’ve been blown away by the amount of support that’s been afforded to the project. From the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr supporting to the beautiful and rare artwork created by some of today’s most important artist. Enabling Youth Music and Children & The Arts to carry on the great work they’re doing, we hope that fans dig deep making a difference to the children and young people who depend on these wonderful charities and getting their hands on a remarkable piece of music history.”
McCartney also commented on the upcoming event:
“We painted Images Of A Woman because we had nowhere to go, locked down in our room amid a national controversy and with 35,000 police officers assigned to protect us. Fifty years later, the painting has become a piece of art and music history. I’ve been looking forward to see how the Art in a Corner bands express themselves in paint. It’s a great opportunity to record something that can live on alongside the music.”
Other Art in a Corner participating artists include John Illsley (Dire Straits), Wolf Alice, Jerry Dammers (The Specials), Boy George, Circa Waves, The Wombats, Level 42, The Right Hand Lovers, The Bootleg Beatles, The Pretty Things, and Jann Haworth, co-creator of the revered Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
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