VAN GOGH ALIVE and SAMH Announce Scottish School Students Artwork Campaign

Van Gogh Alive, the multi-sensory exhibition from Grande Experiences, continues its fundraising partnership with Scotland’s leading mental health charity, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) by launching a new artwork campaign. Artwork created by school students during the campaign will be auctioned for the charity at a special event at Van Gogh Alive Edinburgh in June that is sponsored by Lindsays solicitors.

Much of the facts of Van Gogh’s life and inspirations behind his work are the stuff of legend, but the deeply human nature of many struggles he suffered throughout his life are now only beginning to be understood. 

The ongoing partnership seeks to raise money to help SAMH do its vital work, while bringing mental health to the forefront of audiences’ minds when reflecting on the Van Gogh Alive experience.

SAMH has served Scotland since around 1923, providing mental health support in over 60 communities across the country, as well as working with organisations to develop ground-breaking campaigns and influence government action. Their most recent manifesto, Standing up for Mental Health, released in the run up to the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, contains 38 actions needed to combat mental health in Scotland, aimed at influencing those in power to act. So far, funds raised for SAMH from donations at Van Gogh Alive’s Edinburgh venue have totalled more than £10,200.

The fundraising partnership between Van Gogh Alive and SAMH will raise money that will go towards helping the charity take forward its strategy for 2021-24 called We Won’t Wait.

Chief Executive of SAMH Billy Watson said, “We’re delighted Lindsays is joining with Van Gogh Alive to support SAMH. The last few years have been difficult for most of us, and for many of those already coping with mental health issues, the pandemic has exacerbated the problems they were already facing. The money raised from this event will help us be there to provide support to those in our communities who need it most.”

Anyone worried about COVID symptoms affecting their visit can book with confidence as terms and conditions have been updated so that you have up to 48 hrs before your visit to return or exchange your tickets for these reasons. Tickets are available via our official trusted ticketing partner and member of The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers, Red61.

For more information visit https://vangoghaliveuk.com/edinburgh/

Irene Brown

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