Stars On Canvas 2014

Welcome to Stars on Canvas

Stars on Canvas is a bi-annual charity auction of original artworks created by well known names from the worlds of art, illustration, sport, music and popular culture. The online eBay auction is accompanied by a public exhibition with all proceeds to national charity, Willow.

Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days. These Special Days enable them and their families to reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing. A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create memories they will all treasure forever.

Stars on Canvas 2014 was our most successful year to date, thanks to the incredible support received, the campaign raised a record-breaking total of £76,000 towards future Special Days. Exhibited in the 2014 collection were canvases by top artists such as JJ Adams and Richard Long, celebrity stars including Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and the legendary Sir Tom Jones alongside Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and Hollywood film star John Hurt.

The success of Stars on Canvas is entirely due to our contributing artists and Willow would like to extend an enormous thank-you to all who took part this year for making this fantastic exhibition/ auction possible. Your wonderful creations have enabled Willow to provide many more Special Days for seriously ill young adults and their families.

Stars on Canvas will return in 2016 – if you would like to register your interest and receive updates on the campaign, or you are an artist who would like to contribute to 2016’s exhibition, please contact – we look forward to hearing from you.


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The Artists

The success of Stars on Canvas is entirely due to our contributing artists. We are extremely grateful to all those who continue to support the project and those of you offering your support for the first time.

If you would like to be part of next year’s exhibition we’d love to hear from you, You’ll be in great company. Email the team


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willowlogoWillow is the only UK charity supporting seriously ill 16-40 year olds to live their lives to the full by providing unique and positive Special Days.
At a time of uncertainty, a Special Day provides the inspiration to make every moment count. For some people it is a positive focus away from diagnosis and treatment and may be a final chance to create lasting memories. For others, it can mark the recovery from a serious illness, boost confidence and provide motivation to move forward with their lives.
Willow’s Special Days are so much more than just a day and their importance and impact cannot be overestimated. Independent research said that the results of Special Days were ‘astounding’ in their ability to provide ‘positive outcomes.’ Every one is unique as Willow tailors every Special Day to meet the needs of the individual.
The Special Day provides an uplifting and positive experience to be shared with a partner, parents, siblings, children or close friends. From the moment of application and the anticipation of the day to come, to the excitement of the day itself, a Special Day creates memories that are treasured forever.
To date Willow have fulfilled more than 11,000 Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease.
Founded in 1999 by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, Willow is totally reliant on the generosity of individuals, companies and trusts / foundations to fund its work.
The Willow Foundation is registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales no: 1106746.


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About Stars On Canvas

Stars on Canvas is a colourful and imaginative art project created by hundreds of well-known names from the worlds of art, illustration, sport, music and entertainment. Collectively, the canvases can be seen as an exploration of modern culture – how we come to revere a diverse range of stars for their particular talents, skills and personalities, and sometimes simply for their fame.

All canvases are sold online in aid of national charity, the Willow Foundation. The online auction is accompanied by a public exhibition.

Stars on Canvas was the brainchild of Brighton-based artist, Julie-Anne Gilburt. Julie-Anne both contributes artworks to the project and assists in colour enhancing some of the celebrity canvases.

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About Julie-Anne Gilburt

jag-friends_191[1]Contemporary artist Julieanne Gilburt masterminded Stars on Canvas and has collaborated with the Willow Foundation since 2008 to bring the bi-annual project to life. Aside from opening up her address book and working with the team at Willow to secure the support of artists, she also uses her skills to colour-enhance the celebrity canvases.

Julieanne is one of the UK’s most gifted and vibrant artists. She has exhibited as far afield as Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Dublin, Copenhagen and London. Since graduating in 1992, Julieanne has worked as an independent illustrator and teacher.

Julieanne is known principally for her seascapes and draws inspiration from the sea, city and local character of Brighton – as atmospheric as they are beautiful! Her portraits of Mike Tyson, Michael Watson and the angelic figure on the famous Fat Boy Slim greatest hits album are also amongst her most recognisable works.

For further information on Julieanne Gilburt and her Brighton-based studio visit

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News and Media

Photos from the 2014 Stars On Canvas launch


We have been featured in many national magazines and newspapers

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Our Sponsors

If you would like to sponsor or contribute with gifts in kind to Stars on Canvas 2016 please do get in touch. Willow has considerable experience of building strong corporate partnerships and we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Previous sponsors include:

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Keep Me Informed

If you would like to be kept up to date with new canvases and Stars on Canvas news please register your details here.

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