After bravely revealing his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis to the world in 2013, Sir Billy Connolly, CBE has helped to raise awareness of the degenerative neurological condition for millions of people worldwide.
In 2018, he warmed hearts when he met a seven-year-old fundraiser who had been inspired by his charity work to raise over £1,200 for Parkinson’s UK. Appearing at our Glasgow gallery for the launch of his Born On A Rainy Day collection, the former welder took the time to congratulate Abby McConnell on her kindness, adding that meeting her was a “privilege”.
In 2019, the artist – who has worked with charitable organisations including Comic Relief and Amnesty International – saw his art projected onto MacLellan’s Castle in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, to mark World Parkinson’s Day (April 11th). The initiative supports Parkinson UK’s 'Parkinson's Is' campaign to address misconceptions of the disease and it was co-ordinated by Abby’s mother, Karen, and supporters around the country.
Speaking on the success of the three-day festival, the director of Parkinson’s UK Scotland, Annie Macleod, said: “We’re delighted that so many people and places showed their support for the Parkinson’s community by lighting blue for World Parkinson’s Day. The town of Kirkcudbright really shone with some fabulous artwork from Billy and other artists.”
"It doesn't frighten me, it's an adventure. I sometimes get angry with it, but that doesn't last long, I just collapse in laughter."
06/06/2023In an exciting new development, Sir Billy Connolly's witty and wise art has been collected in a deluxe coffee table book, Born on a Rainy Day, which comes with a hand-signed, limited edition giclée self-portrait. It's a must for Billy's fans and collectors as a record of the artist’s complete works!
03/11/2022Billy Connolly launches 'Free Flight Variations', a limited edition series of 365 pieces, every single one unique.
24/11/2022Sir Billy Connolly's two big anniversaries: his 80th birthday and ten years with Castle Fine Art!
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