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Anonymous heART project smashes fundraising target

Heart Research UK raises over £70,000 with innovative art project

Thank you to all the wonderful artists and bidders who made it possible.


This year’s anonymous heART project, sponsored by Walker Morris, has raised an incredible £70,000 for national charity Heart Research UK.

Heart Research UK Patrons Robert Smith (The Cure), Paul Insect and Christopher Kane have joined the likes of Chvrches, Annina Roescheisen, Anna Tsvell, Jamie Hewlett, Ralph Steadman and hundreds of international artists to create 471 pieces of unique artwork,

All the original A5 artworks were sold on eBay between 22 – 31 October.  The pieces were all sold anonymously, and though a full list of contributors was available, the artist of each piece was kept secret, only being revealed once the auction ended.

Following on from previous auctions, iconic rockstar and frontman of The Cure; Robert Smith contributed four beautiful pieces with the best-selling artwork fetching a stunning £5,900 in the online auction.

This was the fourth year of the project and Walker Morris is delighted to announce it will be sponsoring the project next year for a very special fifth anniversary.

Kate Bratt-Farrar, Chief Executive of Heart Research UK, said:

“Everyone at Heart Research UK has been truly overwhelmed with the generosity of both the artists and people bidding on this year’s ‘anonymous heART project’. 

“We knew that it would be tough to beat the previous year’s total, but we managed to exceed all our expectations and could not be more grateful to everyone involved. We are indebted to all the contributors, and would particularly like to thank our Patrons, Robert Smith, Paul Insect, and Christopher Kane, who all picked up their paintbrushes and donated their time, effort and support to the campaign.

“At Heart Research UK we like to use fun and innovative ways to raise funds, and the beauty of the ‘anonymous heART project’ is that it allows people to support ground-breaking medical research, while at the same time obtaining a beautiful piece of art in return. It really is making high-class art available to all, and we’re thrilled with the success of this years’ campaign.

“Each and every year, we try and make the ‘anonymous heART project’ even more special and we are already working on some exciting plans for the big five-year anniversary in 2022”

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