Postcard raises thousands for Edinburgh’s Homeless

FREE PICTURE: Rock Trust Charity Postcard Art Sale, Edinburgh, 22/06/2017:
Edinburgh based charity The Rock Trust is bringing together some of Scotland’s best known artists in a bid to tackle youth homelessness.
  The charity’s sixth postcard art auction and an accompanying Postcard Art Exhibition exhibition will see 97 artists from across Scotland and beyond donating 162 pieces of postcard sized artworks. It wiill be held at Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, between Friday 23 June and Friday 14 July (2017).  Opening times are Mon-Fri 9-5; Sat 10-5; Sun 11-4pm.
  The proceeds from the auction on will go towards helping 16-25 year olds across Edinburgh and the Lothians to avoid and move on from homelessness, building the resilience and life skills necessary for independent adult life. 
 Pictured are Clare Robertson and Celeste Clark with examples of their work and the work of other artists.
More information from: Paul Surgenor at Pagoda Porter Novelli on 0131 556 0770 or paul.surgenor@pagodapr.com
 Photography for The Rock Trust from: Colin Hattersley Photography - www.colinhattersley.com - cphattersley@gmail.com - 07974 957 388.

Sale of postcard art raises thousands for Edinburgh’s Homeless

Bids on Rock Trust’s postcard art exhibition have raised in excess of £6,800 in aid of Edinburgh’s homeless youth.

The three week long auction ‘Between a Rock and an Art Place’ attracted thousands of bids which were placed on the 162 donated pieces of art. The exhibition, the charity’s sixth, attracted art donations from 97 artists from a range of both local and well-known artists which were put up for auction at Edinburgh’s Summerhall.

Postcard donations included those from Avril Paton, known for her Glasgow tenement ‘Windows in the West’ piece and Edinburgh based Lynn Hanley and Stephen Mangan.

‘Girl in Hat’ by Stephen Mangan received the highest bid in the auction of £466, and also saw the toughest fought bidding war with 138 bids placed. While Stephanie Rew’s ‘Profile in Gold’ and Alison Watt’s ‘Bare’ also saw a large number of high value bids.

Madeline Cross, Rock Trust’s new fundraising and events coordinator, said: “Yet again we have to thank the generosity of the artists involved, our venue host Summerhall, and everyone who came down to view and bid on these mini masterpieces.

“Our supporters are the bedrock of everything we do, and we can’t thank them enough for raising a fantastic total which will go towards supporting Edinburgh’s most vulnerable individuals.”

For the first time, bidding took place online as well as in person at the summer hall exhibition. This has allowed more people than ever to view and bid on the charity’s biannual postcard auction.

The charity is now looking forward to celebrating the impact of their work over the past year at the Scottish Parliament in September and concentrating efforts on its largest fundraising event, the annual End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out, which will be held on Friday 3 November in Edinburgh’s Festival Square.

 

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