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The Cornerstone Foundation receives support from over 80 artists


The Cornerstone Foundation, the charitable arm of Scottish care provider Cornerstone, has received support from over 80 artists as it launches its first fundraising art fair.

Michael SamsonScottish artists including Chris Busche and Francis Boag, who both studied at Gray’s School of Art, will be supporting the charity event which is being held at Robert Gordon University’s Sir Ian Wood Building on 29 September.

One artist in particular has felt compelled to support the charity ever since the mid 90’s when he also studied at Gray’s School of Art. During his student years, contemporary artist Michael Samson volunteered at a drama class where he met Willie Forbes, who is supported by Cornerstone.

Since then, Michael has taught art to a number of individuals supported by Cornerstone in various community settings and Willie has repeatedly participated in his classes, as well as modelling for a portrait.

Mike said: “Willie is an amazing man who I’ve continued to bump into over the years.  In general, the groups from Cornerstone were incredibly creative when I worked with them on a range of ambitious projects. There was always a really supportive, inclusive and happy atmosphere in the classes.

“Without fail, the dedication of Cornerstone staff and the quality of service provided has never failed to impress me, which is why I am very pleased to be involved in raising funds for the life-changing work of the charity.”

The Cornerstone Foundation will use the funds generated to do some amazing things that help the people Cornerstone supports to lead a valued life. They are appealing for further donations of art work from artists to help them reach their target of 100 pieces for the exhibition sale. The deadline for donations is 8 July and those interested in supporting the event should contact louise.mackay@cornerstone.org.uk / 01224 256 023.

Cornerstone provides care and support for adults, young people and children across Scotland including people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism, Dementia, and mental health problems.

Since 1980, Cornerstone has grown to support more than 2,200 people across Scotland each year.

The Cornerstone Foundation was recently established (in April 2017) with the aim of achieving the ambitious goal of doubling annual philanthropic income to more than £2million per year.

 

Release by Rob Smith
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