Who are The National Brain Appeal?

The National Brain Appeal is the charity dedicated to raising much-needed funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and UCL Institute of Neurology in Queen Square, London. The National is one of the world’s leading centres for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with a wide range of neurological disorders and neuromuscular conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS), brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Prion disease, and head injury.

There are over 12.5 million people with a neurological condition in the UK today.
This is more than the number of people living with cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes combined.

I live overseas, can I enter an artwork?

Yes, but please ensure that you pay sufficient postage and note that you are liable for any UK customs charges.  The charity will be unable to pay charges on receipt of artwork.

I have registered online, can I get a pack sent to me by post?

Due to Covid-19 we highly recommend downloading the registration pack as we are currently unable to send anything by post. If you would like a registration pack by post please email us and we will post this to you as soon as The National Brain Appeal office re-opens.

I don’t want to source my own envelope, who do I contact for a pre-supplied envelope?

Due to Covid-19 we are unable post registration packs and envelopes currently. If you would like an envelope please email and we will post an envelope as soon as The National Brain Appeal office re-opens.

I don't have a printer, can you send me a certificate of authenticity?

We can send you a certificate of authenticity in the post however due to Covid-19, we are unable send post at this time. Please email and we will post this to you as soon as The National Brain Appeal office is open.

When - and where - do I send my artwork?

The National Brain Appeal office is currently closed. Please do not send any artwork until notified. We will be in touch by email with all the relevant details as soon as The National Brain Appeal office re-opens to inform you that we are able to receive artworks.

Will I be notified that my artwork has been safely received?

A member of the team will email (or telephone) you once your work arrives in our office – please note this may take up to five working days from receiving your artwork (we are a very small team). If you are posting your artwork we would advise sending it by special delivery so that you can track the artwork and pop it in a hard-backed envelope.

Will I be notified if my artwork is accepted into the exhibition?

Due to the large volumes of entries anticipated, we will be unable to contact each artist to confirm their artwork has been accepted into the exhibition. On this basis, you will only be contacted if your artwork is not going to be exhibited.

Can I drop my artwork directly to gallery@oxo?

No, gallery@oxo will not accept artwork.

How do I get a place at the Private View and how many guests can I bring with me?

We will send an email in September 2020 inviting all artists to the private view. Each artist may bring one guest and will need to RSVP including the guest name. Please note that the capacity of the gallery is 150 at any one time so we may have to move people through the exhibition..

Will the artworks be viewable and sold online?

Yes, artworks can be viewed online during the exhibition and buying will be announced on this website and through social media.

How can I help promote A Letter in Mind?

Share on social media:
Facebook: facebook.com/TheNationalBrainAppeal

Twitter: @BrainAppeal #ALIM20 and  #EverydayThings

Instagram: @aletterinmind

Please do not post images online of your artwork as the work will be exhibited and sold anonymously. Make sure you encourage colleagues, friends and family to attend the public exhibition from 25-8 November 2020.

What happens to the unsold artwork?

The work becomes the property of The National Brain Appeal and we hope to continue to sell the work online for at least six months after the end of the exhibition. We reserve the right to return unsold works after this period.

I have a question which isn’t answered above, who do I contact?

You should find the answer in the Conditions of Entry, if not please email us and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that at busy times it may take us up to five working days to reply.

How will I know if my work has sold?

The gallery section on our website will be automatically updated to show which works have sold.

What is the minimum age for artists submitting an artwork?

The exhibition is open to people aged 18 or over on 1 September 2020.

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The National Brain Appeal
3rd Floor
Ormond House
26/27 Boswell Street
London WC1N 3JZ

020 3448 4724


Registered Charity No. 290173. A limited company registered in England. No. 01844281