Media Release: Between a rock and an art place

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THE Rock Trust, a charity that works with 16-25 year-olds, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, has launched its five-week postcard art exhibition and auction at one of the capital’s most prestigious galleries.

Some of Scotland’s top artists are taking part this year – including Kate Downie, Peter Howson, Alexander Miller, John Wilson, Callum Innes, Ann Oram, Jonathon Freemantle and Raymond Osborn.

Artists have donated 253 pieces of postcard art to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

The Postcard Art will be sold during a blind auction in Castle Fine Art on Multrees Walk in Edinburgh. Art lovers can view the exhibition, choose their favourite postcard and put their bid in the green box at the gallery, or they can submit a bid online.

Kate Polson, chief executive of The Rock Trust, commented: “This event is vital for raising funds to support some of Edinburgh and the Lothians’ most vulnerable young people.

“We’re extremely grateful to the artists and to Castle Fine Art for supporting this event, which will help us work with young people to help them have better futures.”

Billy Couper, gallery director at Castle Fine Art said: “This auction is an opportunity to pick up a petite piece of art from some of Scotland’s best-loved artists and rising stars, while raising money for an amazing charity that helps so many young people across the city and further afield.

“We’re proud to be hosting the exhibition and auction – I already have my eye on a few postcards that I’ll be bidding for.”

In addition to potentially winning an exclusive piece of artwork, bidders will be in the running to win a meal for two at Harvey Nichols, a haircut at Vidal Sassoon salon or wine from the Great Grog as part of the draw. Bids will be drawn on Thursday 13th June and the highest bidder will receive the postcard of his or her choice.

Established in 1991, The Rock Trust works with 16-25 year olds across Edinburgh and the Lothians to prevent youth homelessness and support vulnerable young people.

The Rock Trust advises, educates and supports young people to enable them to build the personal skills and resources required to make a positive and healthy transition to adulthood while avoiding or moving on from homelessness. It offers more than 50 bed spaces each night to young people in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.

Of the young people who access The Rock Trust’s services, 84 per cent enter employment, education or training and 96 per cent sustain more permanent housing.


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