Art­ful way of rais­ing funds

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The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

A pop-up art fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing hun­dreds of orig­i­nal works from both lo­cal and na­tion­ally ac­claimed artists will re­turn to Aberdeen next week to raise cash for a cancer char­ity.

The Art Extravaganza event at the Ch­ester Ho­tel on Queen’s Road will take place from Novem­ber 13 to 14.

All pro­ceeds from sales of the ex­clu­sive pieces on dis­play will be go­ing to Mag­gie’s, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports cancer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

The first Art Extravaganza in 2016 raised more than £100,000 for the Aberdeen cen­tre, which is in the grounds of Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary, and this year the or­gan­is­ers hope to gen­er­ate even more cash for their cause.

Art lovers will be given the chance to snap up cre­ations from the likes of Iain Faulkner, Stephen Con­roy, Jack Mor­rocco and Carol Scouller.

Other artists whose orig­i­nals will be on sale in­clude Hazel McAl­lis­ter, Ali­son David­son, Sandie Young­son and Mary Louise Butterworth.

The wide range of still lifes, ab­stracts, land­scapes, fig­u­ra­tive works and more will have price tags from £60 to £15,000.

David Reid, am­bas­sador for Mag­gie’s Aberdeen, was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the in­au­gu­ral event along with Pa­tri­cia Straughen.

He is hope­ful that this year’s fes­ti­val will be an even greater suc­cess.

Mr Reid said: “We are ex­tremely ex­cited to have the Art Extravaganza open its doors once again this year.

“The event is a great op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to ad­mire and pur­chase art from some of the most renowned artists in the UK – at a wide range of prices and to suit many dif­fer­ent tastes.

“And with Mag­gie’s ben­e­fit­ing from each and ev­ery pur­chase, what could be bet­ter?

“The Ch­ester Ho­tel is such a per­fect venue to beau­ti­fully show­case more than 200 pieces of art, and we can’t thank Gra­ham and Gil­lian Wood enough for their sup­port.”

Paula Cor­mack, fundrais­ing man­ager for Mag­gie’s Aberdeen, added: “We are thrilled to re­ceive the con­tin­ued sup­port from Pa­tri­cia and David in their en­deav­our to bring some of the top con­tem­po­rary artists in the UK to Aberdeen for the Art Extravaganza.”

En­try to the pop-up fes­ti­val is free.

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Mr Tow­ell, a wel­ter­weight fighter from Dundee, col­lapsed af­ter his loss to Evans in the Bri­tish ti­tle elim­i­na­tor at Glas­gow’s St An­drews Sport­ing Club on Septem­ber 29 2016.

He died from a bleed on the brain the next day.

At Glas­gow Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day, footage of the fight showed the mo­ment the 25-yearold was knocked to the ground.

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