The Yorkshire Society is leading an ambitious project, with Motor Neurone Disease Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity, to raise money for mnda and the new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease being built at Seacroft Hospital.

IMMORTALISING KEVIN SINFIELD CBE AND ROB BURROW CBE IN A WORK OF ART

The Yorkshire Society has commissioned a portrait painting. But this isn’t just any portrait, by any artist, this is a portrait of Kevin and Rob by the renowned Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year winner, Duncan Shoosmith.

The artist has been charged with creating, for posterity, a painting that captures the unique bond and friendship between these two heros. A friendship that has motivated Kevin Sinfield to raise more than £10m for mnda and the new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease, a unit so desperately needed by sufferers of the disease, like Rob. The final image is being kept a carefully guarded secret.

THE ARTIST

Duncan Shoosmith won Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year in 2019 after impressing the judges with incredible paintings of actor Laura Linney and iconic singer Cleo Laine. His prize was £50,000 and a commission to paint Sir Tom Jones for the National Museum in Cardiff.

 

 

Duncan’s style was felt to be ideal for the heroic status of the two subjects but the final composition is being kept a closely guarded secret.

RAISING FUNDS FOR MNDA AND LEEDS HOSPITALS CHARITY

Soon we will be announcing a project to raise frunds for mnda, Leeds Hospitals Charity and the Society, approved and supported by Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow personnaly.

First, when the original painting is finished it will be revealed at a special event in front of an invited audience and VIP guests, including Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow accompanied by his wife Lindsey. The date is to be decided once the painting is completed but is expected to be mid-late July 2024.

THE MAGIC OF THE NUMBER 7 AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY

An exclusive run of 777 limited edition print of this historic painting will be produced, with 700 signed and by the artist and accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticy. However, 77 people will have the very special opportunity to own a Giclée print copy also signed by Kevin Sinfield CBE personally too.

Those buying one of the ’77’ will also be invited to the reveal and unveiling events mentioned above and, what’s more, they will enjoy a number of additional benefits and the great personal satisfaction of knowing they have made a genuinely significant contribution to the mnda and Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease. For more information or if you would like to reserve one of these special prints, please register your interest by writing to: contact@theyorkshiresociety.org

The Yorkshire Society, which will own the rights to the painting image, will continue to raise more funds with other applications of it.

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