Stars On Canvas 2016


Stars on Canvas is a charity art exhibition and auction of original pieces 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, and has raised almost £230,000 since its launch.

Stars on Canvas is held every two years and exhibited in the 2014 collection were canvases by top artists including JJ Adams and Richard Long, celebrity stars such as Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and the legendary Sir Tom Jones alongside Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and Hollywood film star John Hurt.

Stars on Canvas will return in November 2016. Register your interest below to receive updates on the campaign or, if you are an artist who would like to contribute to 2016’s exhibition, please contact Thank you.


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The Artists: 2016

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 our 2016 exhibition we’d love to hear from you. You’ll be in great company.

Email the team.


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Framing competition

Tom Lewis

International artist and self-proclaimed paint pirate, Tom Lewis, has produced a stunning piece of original art, in aid of Willow. From July, the signed, numbered and certified limited edition prints will be sent out to picture framers and galleries all over the UK to be framed as part of the competition. Fine Art Trade Guild members are invited to enter the competition and be in with a chance of being crowned ‘Stars on Canvas Fine Art Framer of the Year’.
The creative and innovative framing of the prints will be judged by the great and the good of the art & framing world, so far including representatives from Wishbone Publishing, Fine Art Trade Guild and Arqadia. Once completed, the artworks can be displayed at the entrant’s galleries across the country, before being sent into our headquarters to prepare for judging and then later auctioned online to raise funds for Willow.
To apply to take part in the competition please email
by 1 August, 2016.
For all framers and galleries taking part in the framing competition, the top ten judged entrants will be invited to the Stars on Canvas Private View, where their framed masterpieces will be displayed at a London gallery. Awards will be given out for the top three, presented by Willow Life President, Bob Wilson, and all entrants will be provided with a certificate for participating in helping this great cause.
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willowlogoWillow is the only UK charity working with seriously ill 16-40 year olds to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.
At a time of uncertainty, a Special Day provides the inspiration to make every moment count. For some it is the opportunity to return some normality to their lives.  For others, it is the last chance to fulfil a dream.
But Willow’s Special Days are so much more than just one day.
Special Days provides an uplifting and positive experience to be shared family and 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 12,000 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, Willow. The online auction is accompanied by a public exhibition.

Stars on Canvas was the brainchild of Brighton-based artist, Julie-Anne Gilburt. Julie-Anne contributes artworks to the project as well as assisting 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

We’re delighted to be working in association with Wishbone Publishing this year.

If you would like to sponsor or contribute with gifts in kind to Stars on Canvas 2016 please do get in touch with Ellie at

Previous sponsors include:

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