'Cure3 2018' is the second edition of this unique selling exhibition, devised by Artwise in partnership with Bonhams, to raise awareness and funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). Over 80 leading artists and architects will unite for the cause, each having been asked to create an exclusive work using a bespoke perspex box of 20cm cubed. It was the late co-founder and President of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust Tom Isaacs’ description of living with Parkinson’s as feeling like being 'boxed in’ that inspired Artwise with this concept from which Cure3 was borne.

Among leading international names such as Anish Kapoor, Jonathan Yeo, Carmen Herrera, Conrad Shawcross and more, there are three renowned artists in this year’s Cure3 exhibition for whom the event holds a particular resonance. Dillwyn Smith, Angela Palmer and Bouke de Vries each have a personal connection to Parkinson’s or neurology; their experiences differ, yet they share the same enthusiasm to support the work of CPT through their unique creations for Cure3 2018.


Dillwyn Smith

Dillwyn Smith is a widely exhibited artist, and was also Artist in Residence at the Queen Square Brain Bank (QSBB) between 2013 and 2016, creating work which offers a unique opportunity to engage the public with brain donation and the techniques used in post-mortem diagnostics and research. "At QSBB they specialise in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and movement disorders" says Dillwyn. "My mother died with Alzheimer's; observing her over the long duration of about twenty years came to have a significant affect on the way I made and thought about my work."

"I witnessed the extraordinary research work being done at QSBB and knew I wanted my work to highlight theirs, and to raise the need for more brain donation which is so necessary."

Dillwyn’s 2015 exhibition, titled ‘Silvering the Cerebrum’ included observational drawings of the brain, exploring the relationship between art, science and the human body. Images on Dillwyn’s cube for this year are taken from data collected during his time at the Brain Bank, including Luxol fast blue (blue), Hematoxylin and eosin (pink/violet) and neurons grown in a petri dish (black), as well as four digitally manipulated pieces of William Morris wallpaper, created using data collected by Dillwyn. "I particularly enjoyed working on my ‘Brainbox’: the three dimensional aspect, the way the transparent film casts and picks up the coloured shadows inside and out is exciting and never ending."


Angela Palmer

Angela has experienced the effects of Parkinson’s first-hand, as her father-in-law (a supporter of CPT) lived with the disease for many years. “One of the emotions I am sure I share with other family members affected by Parkinson's is how you are overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness,” says Angela. “When I was asked to contribute an artwork I didn't hesitate for a second, it's a very humble offering in recognition of my much-missed father-in-law.”

'Mapping' is at the core of Angela Palmer’s work, and she has used MRI and CT scanning methods to present objects floating as three-dimensional drawings in glass cubes, including her own brain. Using 16 scanned image slices of her brain, Angela intricately engraved these onto glass sheets which were then set into a glass cube, to present the brain as floating within a chamber. She then went on to collaborate with radiologists at UCL who used MRI to scan her own form. “I created a sculpture of my brain by engraving details on multiple glass sheets, which is now in the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery of Scotland. With new advances in 3D printing, I was able to translate these scans into a solid, life-size, three-dimensional rendering of my brain, and it is this you find ‘floating’ in The Cure Parkinson’s Trust Cube for 2018, entitled Grey Matter: Brain of the Artist.”


Bouke de Vries

Cure3 has a very personal resonance for Dutch artist and ceramicist Bouke de Vries, as his partner Miles Chapman has Parkinson’s. “I think it’s always a good idea as an artist to contribute whenever possible,” says Bouke, “but Cure3 holds a special place for me. I have observed the disease on a daily basis for the past 16 years and know how important the work of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is.” Bouke is an internationally renowned artist who was integral to the launch of the inaugural Cure3 exhibition in 2017. His work often features broken ceramics, which he reclaims to create new pieces, reflecting ‘The Beauty of Destruction.’ “For this year,” says Bouke, “I have made a porcelain flower of broken ceramic fragments and see the flower as a life force that cannot be contained. I allowed it to break through the top of the box.”

The cubes will be on view to the public at Bonhams from 26th – 28th October (with a private view on 25th) and are available to purchase on the Cure3 website from 8am on 26th October 2018.

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