7th – 10th November
The annual Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show has been expanding year-on-year since its first show in 2003. To date, the event has raised over £500,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, helping to ensure that no one has to face cancer unsupported. This year the 17th Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show takes place in a new venue – the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel. Entry is to the right of the main entrance to the hotel.
The purpose of the Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show is to showcase the latest works from both established and emerging artists based in Scotland, whilst raising vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Entry is free but you can make a donation and browse, or buy an artwork. Over 140 artists have donated 200+ artworks. Artists donate at least 50% of the sale of the artwork – each artwork’s label clearly shows how much money from the sale will go to Macmillan directly. Applicants are invited to submit up to three works.
This year there is also an online pop-up shop where you can browse and buy outwith the opening times of the exhibition at the Apex Hotel. The pop-up remains open until Monday 11th November but there is a better sense of the special quality of the artworks by going along in person. I lost count of how many artworks I was tempted to buy.
All artworks submitted are two-dimensional. It’s a diverse range, however, from drawings and prints to linocuts, collage and digital textured photography. The majority are paintings in watercolour, acrylics and oils. Regular contributors to the show include Maria Cid-Castella, Alison Cowan and Gregory Moore alongside first-timers Calum McClure and Cathy van Hoppe.
Landscapes feature heavily in this year’s show and, although the artists are Scottish-based, their artworks depict landscapes much further afield than the typical Scottish scenery. There’s a range of prices – mostly under £1000. There’s a range of sizes – mostly up to 1-metre-squared. There’s something to suit every budget and every wall space, not to mention a diverse range of styles and media. Look out for Ann Cowan’s mixed media painted collages, Rosemary Oberlander’s striking acrylics and Lindsey Lavender’s urbanscapes.
If you can’t visit the Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show in person, but would like to donate, you can do so at Macmillan’s Just Giving webpage.
23 – 27 Waterloo Place
Edinburgh EH1 3BG