Pop-up art supports motor neurone disease charity

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Art makers have clubbed together to put on a pop-up sale of their work in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Scotland, a charity helping a former Oban High School pupil.

A group of artist friends have been meeting regularly over the past 15 years on Tuesday nights to get creative and will be selling work at a two-day event at Oban’s Rockfield Centre on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, from 10am to 4.30pm.

They came up with the fundraising venture after hearing that one member’s daughter, who is now in her 30s and lives in Edinburgh, had been diagnosed with the disease soon after having her first baby.

‘We’ve already had a ceildih in Connel to raise funds for the charity and now we are going to have a pop-up sale. Living on the other side of the country from Ruth, we feel there’s little we can do to help so wanted to do this for the charity to show our support,’ said Jennifer Shaw, who lives  at Gallanach.

Work for sale, from as little as £5, will include local landscapes, flowers, birds and more in the form of paintings, lino-prints and drawings.

‘People are welcome just to come and have a look around – they don’t need to buy anything – but a donation at the door for the charity would be very welcome. We hope to see lots of people there,’ said Ms Shaw.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity providing care and support to people affected by it, as well as funding research into finding a cure.

To find out more go to mndscotland.org.uk