The eightbyeight Project was dreamed up by supporters of Camille's Appeal, the children's brain cancer charity, as a way of promoting the work of this amazing charity through partnership with The Arts.
The Project asked artists, photographers and craftspeople to donate small artworks, 8 by 8 inches in size, to be included in an exhibition exploring a central theme of Childhood, in honour of the young people Camille's Appeal supports. The work, ultimately, was to be sold in support of the charity.
The Project attracted kind donations from professional, student, semi-pro and hobbyist creatives, from the UK, Europe, USA, India and beyond...The youngest participant was aged 5, and the eldest 85! Work included paintings, drawings, illustrations, collage, photography, digital art, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics, glass, small sculpture, assemblage, knitting, weaving and textiles. The final number of submissions received reached an amazing 291, coming tantalisingly close to the 300 mark.
The artworks were curated into stunning groupings, and displayed throughout April 2013 at Eden Court, Inverness (Scotland's largest mulit-arts complex). The hanging of the work, intimately in grids celebrated the beauty and skill of the individual works, but also the power of bringing together the pieces en masse – echoing the notion that by individuals coming together in a spirit of charity and positivity, people can do great things!
All the work donated to the Project can be viewed in the Gallery on this website...
Camille’s Appeal works hard to support children aged 0–5 with brain tumours – and also their families. Under the current UK treatment regime, children are likely to undergo three treatments in an attempt to cure them of this horrific illness, all of which have a devastating effect on their small bodies. Chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy will in many cases leave the child with disabilities that make an independent life very difficult. Camille’s Appeal works to help these wonderful children and their families regain as close to a normal life as possible.
Support for the charity has always been strong from individuals working in the arts. The eightbyeight Project aims to build on this goodwill, and through collaboration with talented and generous people from many creative fields.
Please enjoy exploring this site, and of course do get in contact with us if there is anything you would like to know, or if you would like to become involved in the Project in any way!