Uniting in partnership for a very worthwhile cause

A partnership between a Scottish charity and local artist Jack MacDonald is set to raise funds for the charity ENABLE Scotland.

ENABLE Scotland runs Darling’s Coffee Shop in Arbroath, which operates as a social enterprise providing employm ent opportunities for young people across Angus who have learning disabilities.

Darling’s, located on Arbroath’s High Street, is currently showcasing a series of limited edition canvases in the coffee shop starting with a sea theme, including two striking images of Arbroath Seafest.

Twenty per cent of sales will be donated to the charity by Jack, who is based at the Byre Studio near Kirriemuir.

Jack said: “I was so impressed with the work being done with young people at Darling’s and I’m delighted to contribute something to an organisation doing such valuable work in the community.

“I’m looking forward to producing more artworks of local subjects for sale by Enable Scotland.”

Hand-signed greetings cards by the artist will also be available.

Chef/manager Sharlene Burns said: “We are extremely grateful to Jack for donating a percentage of his art sales to us.

“Having our walls adorned with his paintings is also sure to bring cheer to our customers.

“Establishing partnerships with local artists such as Jack is very much part of Darling’s plan to be really at the heart of the local community.”

Following a career in social and reportage photography, Jack specialises in limited edition prints, making full use of modern digital equipment as artistic tools, producing the effect of traditional canvasses.

Following several successful one-man exhibitions, Jack’s artworks are in private collections throughout the UK, and as far afield as Hong Kong.

Darling’s is managed by Enable Scotland and funded by The Big Lottery. The coffee shop doubles as a training centre for adults with learning difficulties, who are taught to prepare and cook food as well as work front of house,