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.”