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Rare Chance To Bid Original Art By Some Scotlands Best

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Caves in Edinburgh is set to host the rare opportunity to buy original artwork from some of Scotland's best young artists while also raising funds for charity.

The Aartvark Charity Auction, due to take place on Friday 3rd June, will offer more than 25 pieces of art for sale including two original works from Jolomo award winner, Anna King, a print from 44 Scotland Street illustrator Iain McIntosh, and two original pieces from pop surrealist, Heart Throb.

The event has been organised by SNO!zone Scotland employee Martin Lisle, who will be taking part in the Mongol Rally in July as part of the Amboriginals team.

Martin, along with friends Chris Gauci, 29, and Chris Wells, 27, have bought and refurbished a 1994 GMC Ambulance which they will race 10,000 miles, almost half the way around the world, to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.

Before they set off they will stock the ambulance with medical supplies and when they arrive will donate it to the people of Mongolia.

Martin, 27, said: "We're incredibly grateful to all of the artists who have donated pieces of their work so far.

"Reserve prices have been set low so this is an incredibly rare chance to invest in work by some of Scotland's best artists as well as getting a fantastic new piece of art for your home.

"All of the money raised will go towards our fundraising target and help us to benefit two fantastic charities and enable them to continue the brilliant work that they do."

The money raised at the auction will be split between the two charities that the Amboriginals are supporting through the rally.

The Christina Noble Children's Fund, which is the nominated charity for the Mongol Rally 2011, seeks to protect underprivileged children throughout the world from economic and sexual exploitation and provide access to basic care and educational opportunities.

In addition, the Amboriginals team will raise funds for the Ellenor Lions Hospice, which provides specialist care for those with progressive life-threatening illnesses and recently supported one of the team members' grandmothers and her family through her fight with terminal cancer.

Entry to the auction, which begins at 8pm, is free.

The auction will be followed by an after party featuring DJs from some of Edinburgh's best known clubnights. Entry is £5 with all proceeds going to the two charities.

For more information visit http://www.justgiving.com/Amboriginals-CNCF or http://www.justgiving.com/Amboriginals-LionsHospice