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Art in a Box is an art project which brings together an amazing cast of A-listers in a unique way.


Among those who were invited to create pieces were Bernie Taupin; Joanna Lumley; Ian Botham; and Grace Slick. The goods will be sold to raise funds for the Camden-based Upbeat Music & Mental Health Limited. The charity organises extensive musical workshops, open mic evenings and live events for those suffering from mental health issues.

While the AIAB participants are best known for their work in music, acting, comedy and sport, many are also accomplished visual artists and have used their talent to the full. Others, though, such as Paul Whitehouse, have never really painted before. Professional art critics and the public at large will be able to judge the eclectic mix for themselves at the week-long exhibition opening at London’s Store Street Gallery on Monday, May 19.

At the end of the exhibit, on Friday, the 23rd of May, the artwork will be moved to the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, where it will be sold following a live auction. Due to limited space, the live auction will be an invite-only event. Anyone unable to attend has the opportunity to place advance bids via There will also be an option to apply for telephone bidding on the night. For those not lucky enough to secure an original, limited edition prints will be available to buy after the event. To register your interest in attending the auction or for any other questions you may have, please email