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“It’s giving people an opportunity to support women who are getting back on their feet… and a little platform to speak about the charity.”

Local fine artist Linda Hoskins concluded her latest exhibition, Illuminate, to great success earlier this month. The venue at Virgin Money on George Street was lit up with 14 vibrant and emotive original paintings on display. With 10% of all purchases going directly to the work of Bethany Christian Trust, Linda welcomed more than 80 guests to the preview night and subsequently donated an incredible £529 from initial sales.

Reliving the opening night, Linda told us that “there was a lovely feel in the room. Good buzz and good conversation. People were all ready and excited to celebrate… ready to hear more about Bethany’s Anne Hope House. Lots were speaking to strangers and enjoying the artwork. An environment like that helps people connect.”

By hosting the exhibition right in the heart of Edinburgh, Linda’s work was able to reach a potential new audience, alongside some familiar faces.

“Having people that you love in one space is lovely. With family, friends and folk from Bethany Christian Trust, as well as strangers, it’s really nice to have that mix.”

Collector, Carolyn Rae, who purchased the painting ‘Trusted Path’, said, “I came up the stairs, turned the corner and [the painting] really popped. In Linda’s work there’s always something else you see in it that you’re not always able to articulate.”

Speaking of the Pure Warrior project – Linda’s year-long collaboration with Bethany Christian Trust – Carolyn then said, “Linda’s paintings carry hope in them. What [the project] is trying to do is to help people in the most difficult circumstances.”

All remaining artworks are available to view and purchase online, with sales directly supporting Bethany Christian Trust’s residential community for women who are recovering from homelessness in Edinburgh, Anne Hope House.