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More than £20k raised at Charity Arts Auction and Postcard Sale

More than three hundred people came out in support of arts charity Artlink Central at Sunday night’s Art off the Rock event (Sunday, November 4th 2012).

With a highly competitive auction and postcard sale as well as book signings by the charity’s Patron and Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson, it is estimated that well over £20,000 was raised to support the work of Artlink Central’s artists in engaging people in prison, hospitals, schools and communities who face barriers to expressing themselves, to their health and wellbeing or to their learning.

Supported by Smith and Williamson, the event was hosted by Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan with school prefects welcoming guests. Other support came from United Auctions, Alison Green Books, Macmillan Children’s Books, Bronze Framing and Showcase Glass as well as hundreds of professional and non-professional artists from Scotland and beyond.

Director of Artlink Central,Kevin Harrison, said: “We were delighted to see so many new and familiar faces at this year’s events. We auctioned 35 lots of paintings and sold hundreds of original postcards, some by artists such as Elizabeth Blackadder, June Carey and Peter Nardini.

“With the fantastic support of our Patron, Julia Donaldson and the supreme talents of Auctioneer David Leggat from United Auctions we had a truly memorable evening in Bridge of Allan. Thanks to all who supported us.”


For further information, please contact:

Kevin Harrison, Director, Artlink Central on 01786 4488359 / 07764940919 or Kevin@artlinkcentral.org


Final countdown to ART OFF THE ROCK auction (Sun 4 Nov; 6-9pm)

As the final countdown to Sunday November 4th and the Art Off the Rock auction begins, Artlink Central are pleased to announce that the online catalogue is now available on our website: www.artlinkcentral.org.

This year’s auction, generously curated by artists Lesley Banks, Lesley Anne Derks and Jacqueline Marr and conducted by United Auctions’ Executive Chairman David Leggat,  will include work by:

Peter Howson, Catriona Campbell, Muriel Barclay, Elizabeth Blackadder, Barbara Rae, Lesley Banks, June Carey, Graham Stewart, Hilary Barker, Alan King, Jacqueline Marr, Lesley Anne Derks and many others ofnote.

The gala evening takes place from 6pm to 9pm at Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan, where the latest offering from famed illustrator, Axel Scheffler ‚‘The Highway Rat‘ will also be up for grabs on the night.

The Highway Rat  is the character from his latest collaboration with Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, who will be at Art Off The Rock to sign copies of the book as well as of her other new title, Super Worm. Copies of the books have been generously donated by Alison Green books.

The event also features the Anonymous Postcard Sale featuring work by hundreds of artists. Competition is fierce to grab a small work by a big-name artist, or just pick up a lovely unique artwork. This year’s crop of postcards include work by Elizabeth Blackadder, Peter Nardini, Lys Hansen and June Carey.

Art Off The Rockattracts an audience of around 400 including long-term supporters, collectors and members of the arts community. The event raises crucial funds for the delivery of innovative arts programmes to adults and children who experience learning disabilities, mental illness or social exclusion.

Lesley Ann Derks, participating artisit and member of the Art Off the Rock advisory committee said: “I’m thrilled to be part of Art of the Rock for the second time.  Artlink is an amazing charity, which I have had the pleasure of working for on various projects for four years.  I have seen first- hand what a difference their projects make to people’s lives.

“The event is sure to be a great night with displays of work available by some of the best artists around.  I’m excited the public will get a chance to purchase these works and help towards Artlink continuing its good work.”

Art Off The Rock is proudly supported by Smith and Williamson, Beaconhurst School, United Auctions, Woodwinters Wines and Whiskies, Alison Green Books and Macmillan Children’s Books.

For more information about how to get tickets please call: 01786 450971 or email Fiona@artlinkcentral.org


Notes to Editor:

Viewing from 6pm; postcard sale at 7.15pm, auction at 7.45pm.

The full address for the event is Beaconhurst School, Kenilworth Road, Bridge of Allan FK9 4RR.