Andy and Jamie Murray’s artwork to be auctioned for breast cancer charity

Andy and Jamie Murray  and a host of famous faces  have offered their artistic skills to raise funds for breast cancer research

Andy and Jamie Murray  and a host of famous faces  have offered their artistic skills to raise funds for breast cancer research

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They are rather more adept on the tennis court than they are in the art studio, but Scots tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray have swapped their tennis rackets for pen and paper to create a one-off doodle which will be sold off to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Also contributing artwork was Edinburgh-born fashion designer Patrick Grant, while other celebrities to take part include Ed Sheeran, Dominic West, Dame Joan Collins, Delia Smith, Yotam Ottolenghi and Gaby Roslin. All the work will be auctioned online for the Art for Cure – Make Your Mark initiative for charity Breast Cancer Now.

Andy Murray. Picture: PA

Andy Murray. Picture: PA

The tennis doodles depict the team celebrating their Davis Cup victory for Great Britain. It was created by the Murrays, alongside Davis Cup teammate Dominic Inglot.

Elizabeth Hurley and Joanna Lumley offered lipstick-covered pieces, and Jim Broadbent penned a striking self-portrait as famous faces from Imelda Staunton to Nick Clegg got involved. Dame Judi Dench also joined in, providing one of her own watercolours.

Meanwhile, Wolf Hall actor Mark Rylance used his blank canvas to direct people to a website called “Truth About Cancer” which hosts a documentary series by Ty Bollinger that claims to reveal secrets to beating cancer that pharmaceutical companies are “hiding”.

This year’s event is the second Art for Cure, following the first in 2014, which raised £100,000 for breast cancer charities.

Fashion designer Patrick Grant was among those who contributed artworks to the auction

Fashion designer Patrick Grant was among those who contributed artworks to the auction

More than 80 artists and sculptors will also be donating a percentage of their sales to the charity, including the renowned Vanessa Gardiner, Henrietta Dubrey, Maggi Hambling, Michael Speller, Carol Peace and Paul Vanstone.

Friends Belinda Gray and Sally Ball launched the project after both being diagnosed with breast cancer in the last four years.

Mary Allison, director for Scotland at Breast Cancer Now, said: “We are so glad to see this incredible event back as an even bigger and better exhibition. Over 4,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and around 1,000 people die from the disease in Scotland each year. Art for Cure will contribute to Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research and we are so grateful that Belinda and Sally chose to support us for their second Art for Cure instalment.”

Ms Ball said: “Art for Cure means an incredible amount to us, it’s not just an exhibition – it’s a show which brings together so much talent from across the country and lets the community be part of it. Art is a passion for so many, and raising funds to help beat breast cancer is a passion for us, so bringing the two together is the perfect way to help make a real difference.”

Ms Gray said: “Having experienced breast cancer myself and seeing my dear friend Sally go through it, I can’t stress how important it is that we help to fund research into this disease and make sure that future generations don’t have to experience what we have.”

The exhibition will take place at Suffolk’s Glemham Hall from 30 April to 2 May, while the online auction runs from today at www.the-saleroom.com/makeyourmark.

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