Derek Mackay MSP is encouraging local art lovers to support an initiative aiming to fund the building of a homeless support unit through the sales of artwork.
The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West visited Homeless Art Scotland at intu Braehead which exhibited eye-catching, vibrant works by East Renfrewshire-based artist Robert McCaig.
, organised by Robert, his partner Ashley Cameron and her sister Nicole, is selling pieces of art to raise funds to build a homeless support unit, funded and planned by people with experiences of homelessness.
The project will also give opportunities for people supported by the unit to express their creativity and artistic talents.
Derek Mackay MSP said: “I thank intu Braehead for giving Robert McCaig a platform for his visually stunning and thought-provoking Homeless Art Scotland exhibition which I thoroughly enjoyed and I’m pleased to discover was also very popular with shoppers.
“I wish Robert, Ashley and Nicole well with their inspirational endeavours using artistic expression to highlight awareness about homelessness and generating funds to provide shelter as well as opportunities for those in need to develop creative talents.”
Centre Director for intu Braehead, Peter Beagley, said: “We appreciate Derek taking time out from his very busy schedule to see the artwork that will be sold to help build a homeless shelter.
“Everyone at intu Braehead was very impressed by the prints and when we were asked for help, we had no hesitation in giving the artwork exposure to the hundreds of thousands of people who will see it on display in the central atrium of the lower mall.”
To see and purchase art from Homeless Art Scotland, which will be featured at an event in the Scottish Parliament in February, go to www.homelessart.co.uk. Everyone buying artwork will have their name inscribed on a brick used in building the support unit.