Save the Forest: calling artists…

April 5, 2011

Our friends at the Save the Forest! campaign are currently asking for the help of the extended artistic community in defending a unique grassroots arts space in Edinburgh from closure.

The bankruptcy of the previous landlord in October 2010 has seen the lease fall into the hands of administrators, who have put the building up for sale. The campaign’s intention is to secure the future of The Forest by raising enough funds to ensure they can afford a future lease, or to allow them to move to other premises.

They have so far raised an astonishing £17,000 just from donations and have an ambitious new target of £50,000 by June 1st, enough for a year’s commercial rent in the current premises.

The next major event is an art auction in partnership with the AXO Gallery, Edinburgh. Donations would be greatly appreciated from artists both locally and from further afield, calling for donations of original art, prints, books and other media.

The deadline for completed forms and artworks is 20th April 2011. For more information, please email auction@theforest.org.uk. The auction will run from 13 – 15th May 2011 at AXO Gallery, 59 Queen Charlotte St, Leith.We can’t wait!

For more information on the ongoing progress of the campaign, go to http://blog.theforest.org.uk

One Response to “Save the Forest: calling artists…”

  1. Sally Evans Says:

    if the building is up for sale by auction you really must have a representative there, clutching your £17,000 to £50,000. Buildings with any kind of problem (which would include an extraordinary tenant like the Forest Cafe) can go for unbelievably low prices at auction. Do get this checked out if you havent already.


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