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Walker Morris teams up with Heart Research UK to launch exciting fundraising challenge – ‘anonymous heART’

Walker Morris continues proud history of innovative arts sponsorship

National charity Heart Research UK’s ‘anonymous heART project’ returns for 2021. This year the project is proudly sponsored by Walker Morris.

The ‘anonymous heART project’ is an innovative fundraising campaign that sees anonymous artwork produced by top artists and celebrities which is then auctioned online. All proceeds go to helping to fund vital medical research.

The anonymous heART project 2021, now in its 4th year, will see some of the biggest names across entertainment and the arts, such as Heart Research UK Patrons Robert Smith (The Cure) and Christopher Kane, Ashley Jackson and Ralph Steadman create unique A5 pieces of artwork. These unique piece of art will then be auctioned on eBay between the 22 and 31 of October 2021.

The twist? Though the list of all artists will be available to bidders, the artist of each individual piece will be anonymous. It will only be revealed once the auction is over. Could you bag yourself an original masterpiece for a bargain price?

The sponsorship will see Walker Morris reinforce our long-standing reputation for innovative sponsorship of the arts. We have a heritage of innovative art partnerships having previously sponsored the ‘The Triumph of Painting’ exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery, the ‘Artist Rooms: Damian Hirst’ exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery, and Ashley Jackson’s ‘Framing the Landscape’ project. (Read more below).

Read more about the innovative anonymous heART project here.

Watch our interview with Walker Morris Chairman, David Smedley, below.

Watch the discussion about art and our changing work spaces – with Lucy Gordon from our employment team; Helen Nicol from tp bennett and artist Deborah Azzopardi contributor to our #anonartproject.

19cm – with Jude Vidal

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We are partnering with Leeds City Council, Rushbond, and BJSS to support an innovative photography projects which captures the intimate stories of 12 people living and working in Leeds through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through a series of compelling and thought-provoking images, the 19cms exhibition documents a unique chapter in the history of Leeds, exploring the human impact of the pandemic as the city emerges from one of its most challenging years.

Photojournalist Jude Vidal, supported by Leeds City Council and Walker Morris, BJSS and Rushbond, has spent the past six months speaking with and photographing a dozen individuals who live and work in communities in Leeds, each with their own unique experiences.

The exhibition’s title refers to the 19cm Jude discovered the daughter of one of her subjects had grown during the 18 months she was unable to see her grandma during lockdown. This sparked her idea to find out what those “19cms of time” had meant to other people in Leeds.

Read more here.


‘Framing the landscape’ with Ashley Jackson


David Smedley and Ashley Jackson on the moor ‘Framing the landscape’

Sponsorship of the Arts has played a central role in Walker Morris’ marketing strategy for many years. May 2014 saw the start of our sponsorship of Ashley Jackson’s ‘Framing the Landscape’ in conjunction with the National Trust.

This pioneering arts installation will help to create a permanent outside art exhibition and a lasting legacy for the Yorkshire countryside.

The over sized metal picture frames are being installed at specifically chosen locations around Yorkshire to put the ‘landscape in the frame’ allowing visitors to gain a greater understanding of the surrounding landscape and the artist’s view point.

To mark the launch of the first frame at Wessenden Moor on 7th May 2014 Walker Morris hosted a special arts masterclass presented by Ashley Jackson for the 13 children who are all winners in the 2014 Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar.

To read more about Framing the Landscape click here

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Click on the image above to view the video of the launch of Framing the Landscape

20th Anniversary Children’s Charity Calendar Exhibition at The Tetley

In November 2014 we commemorated the 20th anniversary of our award-winning Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition with a very special exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds.

We celebrated one of the longest community arts sponsorships by displaying an unprecedented collection of 260 pieces of children’s artwork from across the 20 years of the Calendar with an Exhibition which ran for a week at The Tetley. As part of the celebrations, we launched an auction book for the duration of the Exhibition. The auction offered a unique opportunity to purchase one of the paintings, with all the proceeds going directly to Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Read more about our Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition here. Or read more about our Exhibition here.

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Our previous successful partnerships have included:

  • ‘Turner in the North of England’ at Harewood House in 1997
  • The first ever series of Royal College of Music Concerts at Kensington Palace in 1999
  • The ‘Art of Star Wars’ at the National Museum of Photography Film and Television in 2001
    Bringing the prestigious Royal Academy Schools Show out of London for the first time in its history in 2003
  • Partnered with Saatchi both in London and Leeds to bring a Saatchi exhibition out of London for the first time to Leeds Art Gallery and sponsoring the inaugural exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London
  • Supported Ashley Jackson’s ‘The Power and the Passion’ exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London and Temple Newsam, Leeds.

More recently, we sponsored Leeds Art Gallery to show the highly acclaimed exhibition ARTISTS ROOMS: Damien Hirst bringing a concise collection of the iconic, internationally renowned artist Damien Hirst’s works back to his roots. Read more about our sponsorship of ARTIST ROOMS: Damien Hirst here.

Visit Leeds City Art Gallery website

Visit the Saatchi Gallery website

Visit Ashley Jackson’s website

For further information on sponsorship contact