Gallery of Mo

Hirsute charity phenomenon Movember is on the lip of a momentous return next month, including Gallery of Mo, which is back for a second year.

Christopher Porter by Jack Hughes
Christopher Porter by Jack Hughes

Movember which raises funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer by encouraging men to grow moustaches, has just unveiled new branding by Melbourne based Urchin Associates.

Last year the Gallery of Mo, a project by digital consultancy Twentysix raised thousands of pounds and this year it’s making a return by flogging work by some 180 illustrators and artists who hope to change the face of men’s health.

Twentysix says, ‘Donors pick an artist, or can ask to have one randomly assigned, and make a donation to Movember. The amount donated is reflected in the time spent on their portrait.’

Cal Kilburn by Michael Arnold
Cal Kilburn by Michael Arnold

Contributors include Drew Millward and other special guest artists, including comic book artist Charlie Adlard and ‘creature creator’ Felt Mistress who has donated a moustachioed sculpture called Monty, which is set to be raffled on the Gallery of Mo website.

Twentysix designer Adam Campion says, ‘We are excited to have gained Movember’s full backing this year and can’t wait to see the portraits some of our volunteer artists, illustrators and designers come up with.’

For a fee, members of the public can have a moustachioed portrait of themselves created by one of hundreds of volunteer artists and illustrators.

The Moalition by Sam Gilby
The Moalition by Sam Gilbey

You can visit www.galleryofmo.co.uk to have a portrait created or head to The Mavern Bar, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 in Leeds on 29 October for the Movember launch.

Latest articles

Instrmnt D-01 X Risotto composite © Instrmnt and Future Positive Studio

Scottish design is “fresh, playful and exciting” in this new exhibition

Stacey Hunter is the director of Local Heroes – a new initiative which looks to dispel outdated ideas of Scottish design.

Its first exhibition and shop will take place at Edinburgh Airport’s plaza this August, and will showcase contemporary design from nine, talented Scottish designers.

We speak to Hunter about the importance of giving Scottish design a global presence, and her inspiration behind using the airport as her canvas…