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. If you would like a registration pack by post please email us and we will post this to you as soon as we can.

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

Please email us and we will post an envelope to you as soon as we can. 

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

Please email us and we will post this to you.

When - and where - do I send my artwork?

We are now ready to start receiving artworks after an extended period of office closure. Thank you for your patience! Please send your work to: 
The National Brain Appeal – ALIM
3rd Floor, Ormond House
26-27 Boswell Street
London WC1N 3JZ

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

A member of the team will email you to confirm it has arrived safely – please note there may be a delay in acknowledging your work this year as we will not have a full-time team back in our office for some time yet. 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?

Arrangements for this year’s exhibition are constantly changing, due to government guidelines on Covid-19 and public gatherings. We will email you as soon as possible when we are confident about the full details for safely holding the exhibition, taking into account social distancing rules and gallery@oxo guidelines.

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