Bob Barker | Where There's a Will, There's a Way

23/02/2017 12:23:43

Bob Barker original painting auction and Charity Editions

As one of the UK’s most beloved contemporary artists, Bob Barker is renowned for his evocative representations of northern mill towns and his self-styled ‘Northern Impressionism’.

His latest original artwork, Where There’s a Will There’s a Way, is a heartfelt tribute to his nephew Will, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. The painting features sporty Will alongside twelve Rugby League players, all of whom have co-signed a special charity edition.

In support of the Will’s Way charity we are hosting an online auction of the original painting to raise money for people and families affected by brain tumours.

Running until 7pm on Sunday 19th March, you can bid here on

We’re excited to announce we’re also publishing brand new limited edition prints of Where There’s A Will There’s A Way, with a percentage of all sales going to the charity.

Click HERE to see the Deluxe, player co-signed edtion of only 13 copies.

Click HERE to see the edition of 195 copies.

Further details about the players in the piece: 

From Left to Right 

No 2 - Mark Calderwood - played for Leeds, Wigan and Hull. He represented England and played in tests against New Zealand, Tonga and PNG he was the top try scorer in the Super League on 3 occasions and won the World Club title with Leeds in 2005 when they defeated Australian Champions Canterbury Bulldogs. 

No 10 Gareth Carvell - played for Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC, Gateshead Thunder and Castleford Tigers. Gareth featured for Great Britain in the Tri Series in 2006 and was a member of the world cup squad in 2008. 

No 26 Ashley Gibson - played for Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils and currently Wakefield Wildcats. 

No 32 Liam Hood - played for Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers, Salford Red Devils and is a Scottish International Hood who currently plays for Leigh Centurions in the Super League. 

No 2 (white shirt) Tom Johnstone - plays for Wakefield Wildcats in the Super League. Arguably the brightest young talent in English rugby league, Tom Johnstone is widely regarded as one of the fastest players in super league and is the current holder of the First Utility Super League Young Player Of The Year 2016. 

No 11 Jamie Jones Buchanan - Signed for Leeds Rhinos at 15 JJB has enjoyed a glittering career in the game. JJB, as he is affectionately known, has made 303 appearances for Leeds since making his debut in 1999 and has scored 64 tries. He has won six Super League titles and three World Club Challenges. 

Jamie has represented England at the World Cup. Away from rugby, Jamie is a huge part of his local community in Leeds. He regularly attends Christian worship across the country to speak about his own life journey and is a trustee of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, the charitable trust who work in the Leeds community. He has also supported the White Ribbon Campaign, a charity that encourages men to challenge violence against women. 

No 15 Paul Jackson - is an English-born Scottish professional rugby league footballer. He played for Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity and Castleford. Jackson played for Huddersfield in the 2006 Challenge Cup final as a prop forward. He was named in the Scotland training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. 

No 27 Kyle Briggs - a player who currently plays for Featherstone Rovers. Kyle has previously played for Bradford and Sheffield Eagles. 

No 26 Jordan Lilley - is a Leeds Rhinos player who has just started in his professional career. In 2016 he became a regular in the Leeds Rhinos First Team. 

No 9 (red shirt) Mike McIlorum - a professional rugby league player for English club Wigan Warriors of Super League. An Ireland national representative hooker, he has played his entire professional career to date at Wigan with whom he won the 2010 and 2014 Super League championships. He has also represented Ireland in in the World Cup.

No 10 Jamie Peacock MBE - Now Retired as a player, Jamie Peacock is one of the most decorated players in the history of the game. 



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Orders and special awards 

Jamie was the auctioneer on the night and unknown to him at the time, his wife placed a bid to secure the Deluxe edition No 1 in the Charity auction. 

No 4 Ryan Atkins - currently plays for Warrington in Super League and had won the Challenge cup on 2 occasions with Warrington and represented England in the World Cup.