Recently, Sarah Wilson who owns the AXO galleries and Axolotl Gallery on Dundas Street offered to support the Save the Forest Campaign by holding an art auction in her gallery on Queen Charlotte Street. We asked her to explain more about why she was so keen to back the campaign.
She said: “AXO Gallery on Queen Charlotte Street was approached by the Forest Cafe as a possible venue for their auction to raise funds.”
“The ethos of AXO Gallery is to offer a platform for artists to exhibit regardless of their age or qualifications - enthusiasm and dedication is our main criteria and the Forest Cafe members definitely met that! The Forest Cafe is an extraordinary set-up offering a unique opportunity for artists. It is also a welcoming meeting point for like-minded people.”
“As the owner of AXO Gallery and Axolotl Gallery on Dundas Street I am delighted to offer the space and to help round-up artists to donate work. There may be a recession on but it is disgusting that art should suffer. It raises people’s spirits and that can only be a good thing.”
“By bidding in this auction, not only are people buying art but are also supporting the arts in the community. Buy art to save art.”
She added: “You can find the AXO Gallery on Queen Charlotte Street, opposite the motor bike shop, then turn right at the cherry tree and up the garden path.”
The auction will take place on Saturday the 14 May at 6pm.
The Save the Forest campaign aims to raise enough money to buy their current premises at 3, Bristo Square, from the administrators of the collapsed Edinburgh University Settlement charity, which was forced to declare bankruptcy in October last year.
To date, more than 1400 people have pledged £20,000 to save the independent arts organisation which has spawned numerous social enterprises including a vegetarian café, an art gallery, performance spaces, a publishing house, a record label and a hairdresser.
It is also said to have inspired numerous other enterprises in other countries too.
At the time of writing more than 1500 people had also signed an online petition supporting the campaign.