Tayside and Central Scotland

Village gallery to host Glasgow School of Art auction

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Image caption These two paintings by Claire Harkess and Mhairi McGregor are up for auction at the gallery

An art gallery in a Stirlingshire village is holding an auction to contribute to repairing the fire-stricken Glasgow School of Art.

Greengallery in Buchlyvie was designed by a former GSA student and often exhibits work by graduates.

Now the gallery is to auction off paintings, prints and jewellery, with the money going towards repairing the badly damaged art school.

The auction takes place at the gallery on 21 June in a sale run by Sotheby's.

A restoration fund for the A-listed Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art building, which was badly damaged in a blaze last month, has already drawn millions of pounds in pledges.

Among the artists who have donated pieces to the Greengallery auction is Mhairi McGregor, who was offered a solo show at Greengallery at her GSA degree show in 1993, and has been on show there ever since.

Restoration effort

Paintings by Claire Harkess and paper-cut prints by Christine Thomson - both GSA graduates - are also up for sale, alongside jewellery pieces and paintings by older artists.

Gallery owner Becky Walker hopes to raise thousands of pounds to contribute to the restoration effort.

"When I saw the images of the fire, I just thought, 'oh my god'," she said.

"Over the years, we've had a lot of GSA painters and jewellers at the gallery and I thought I could auction off a painting.

"I didn't think too much about it, I just asked a couple of people, and everyone I've spoken to thought it was a brilliant idea. It's come together really quickly.

"I'm hoping to have 13 or 14 paintings and some jewellery and prints.

"It's just a way of giving something back."

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