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Hid­den Door Art Sale

Dec 7 and 8, Sky­light Cafe, Ed­in­burgh

Al­ter­na­tive arts fes­ti­val Hid­den Door has grown from an ex­per­i­men­tal project launched by vol­un­teers in 2014 to a crit­i­cally-ac­claimed part of the coun­try’s cul­tural cal­en­dar. It’s also been in­stru­men­tal in se­cur­ing the re­birth of Leith The­atre as a vi­able venue for con­certs and the­atre pro­duc­tions, most no­tably as part of the In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val’s se­ries of Light On The Shore mu­sic con­certs, and re­cently with John Paul McGroarty and Yuri Birte Anderson’s am­bi­tious retelling of Karl Kraus’s anti-war satire The Last Days Of Mankind.

How­ever, fund­ing, spon­sor­ship, do­na­tions and ticket sales so far have never cov­ered their costs. To con­tinue in­de­pen­dently, the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion is hold­ing a se­ries of events and drives to help raise £80k, in­clud­ing this week­end’s art sale where works by ac­claimed artists such as Rachel Everitt, Owen Nor­mand (art­work pic­tured right), An­drew Baker and Jean B Martin will be ex­hib­ited anony­mously.

The sale, held at the Sky­light Cafe on De­cem­ber 7 from 7pm to 10pm and the fol­low­ing day from noon to 5pm, will also fea­ture work by artists who have made a splash in past Hid­den Door events, such as Oana Stan­ciu, Clara Has­trup and Miriam Mal­lelieu, as well as gen­er­ous do­na­tions by es­tab­lished Scot­tish artists such as Jim Dun­bar, An­gus McEwan and Catri­ona Mann.

“We are proud to have so much sup­port from such a wide range of vis­ual artists in Scot­land, which shows that Hid­den Door, al­though fo­cused on new in­no­va­tive artists, is val­ued as hav­ing an im­por­tant role to play in the big­ger pic­ture of Scot­land’s creative scene,” says David Martin, Hid­den Door’s creative di­rec­tor. “All pro­ceeds raised will go to the Save Hid­den Door cam­paign, to pro­vide much-needed fi­nan­cial sup­port for our in­de­pen­dent arts fes­ti­val. This sup­port will en­able us to keep go­ing and de­liver events in 2019, start plan­ning some­thing in­cred­i­ble for 2020, and en­sure Hid­den Door has a sta­ble and sus­tain­able fu­ture.”

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