Art auction helps raise funds for Perthshire cinema
November 13, 2011 by Lyndon
A Perthshire picture house, under threat of closure, has raised funds to contribute to saving it thanks to a recent auction of artists work.
Birks Cinema in the town of Aberfeldy recently held a charity auction which featured a number of works from local up and coming artists as well as donations from film star Emma Thompson. The Love Actually star donated a drawing of a pig that was drawn on material that was the size of a postcard. This could easily be replicated using postcard printing, and could then easily be sold as souvenirs to raise more funds if the Friends of Birks Cinema so wished.
The auction raised over £4,000, which brings the total raised in aid of the cinema to £1.25 million. To survive, Birks Cinema needs to make this up to £1.8 million by January, or face closure altogether. Hopefully this latest event has buoyed the spirits of fundraisers and they can push on to reach their target in time for the new year.
The success of the auction shows that there is still a real appetite for art, collectables and even souvenir postcard printing. Falkirk, Edinburgh and other towns to the south of Perth are sure to be inspired by the news of the success of the Birks Cinema fundraiser and may choose to employ similar fundraising methods should their own venues fall upon hard times.
The organisers of the event spoke to the Perthshire Advertiser, saying:
“It was great to see the community rallying to the support of the cinema, both those who donated pictures and those who came along to buy them.”