Chance to bid for artwork by John Mackie

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By Weekend Editor Graham Chalmers

A leading Yorkshire artist is donating an original artwork for charity through sealed bid at a Harrogate gallery.

World renowned Scottish Impressionist artist John Mackie is offering his pastel of the Leeds Liverpool canal at Crossflatts, Bingley to auction help raise funds for Forget me Not Children’s Hospice.

Glasgow-born John, who lives in Haworth, was made aware of the work the hospice does through the HSBC Bank in Keighley which continuously raise funds for the charity.

The famous artist, who exhibited successfully at The Royal Scottish Academy and also internationally in the USA, Germany, London, Ireland and elsewhere, said: “When Rachael at HSBC told me about the work of Forget Me Not and asked if I would consider donating a print to help raise some much needed funds.

“She explained that HSBC would match every £ that is raised so I knew that I had to offer an original pastel for such a worthy cause.”

The hospice was set up 12 years ago to support children with life limiting conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.

The pastel itself is 23” x 31”, with a framed size of 35” x 43” and can be viewed at McTague of Harrogate, 17-19 Cheltenham Mount until Saturday, August 31.

The eventual lucky winner of the auction will receive the pastel in person from John Mackie.

For details on the minimum bid and how to enter, call Paul McTague on 01423 567086 or John Mackie’s agent, Fiona Cartwright on 07850 641461.