Stars on canvas

Original artwork of brands including Mr Men and Bob the Builder go up for auction.
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National charity, The Willow Foundation, has organised the auction to raise funds to provide special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year-olds.

Illustrators and licensing companies alike have contributed a selection of original artwork that will be on show at the SW1 gallery and online at

Canvases of children's brands, both classic and new, include Dennis the Menace, Hana's Helpline, Bang on the Door, Little Princess, Bob the Builder, Fifi & the Flowertots, Mr. Men, Basil Brush and many more.

The artwork will be auctioned alsongside canvases created by stars of TV and film, sports personalities and artists.

Ian Downes of Start Licensing said: "Start Licensing was delighted to help The Willow Foundation. The Stars on Canvas project was a perfect fit for a number of our clients such as Hana's Helpline and Bang on the Door.

"Given the level of creative talent in teh licensing field it is fantastic that the community was able to get so involved in the project and from my own experience, I know that people really enjoyed creating these unique canvases."

Bob Wilson, charity co-founder, added: "More than two hundred celebrities and artists have taken the time to create their own piece of unique artwork. By doing a quick doodle, or a more artistc creation, they have all done their bit to help young adult living with a serious ilness.

"Buting just one of the many canvases will not only be a fantastic purchase of unique art but will also mean a great deal to the people who will benefit from a special day during a really tough time of their life."

The two hundred canvases will be on display at the SW1 Gallery, 12 Cardinal Walk, London from December 2nd - 6th and will be auctioned online from November 27th.

The top 20 designs will be auctioned a the gallery on the opening night from 7pm and tickets to this champagne reception can be purchased for £25 by calling 01707 259777 or by emailing


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