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Mikeysline charity in line for funding boost from artist couple’s exhibition in Inverness hotel

By Neil MacPhail

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David and Christine Ewen having exhibition at Lochardil House, Inverness.
David and Christine Ewen having exhibition at Lochardil House, Inverness.

An Inverness based mental health charity is set to benefit from a charity art exhibition being staged at a local hotel.

Highland Coast Hotels’ Lochardil House on Stratherrick Road will see the works of local artists David and Christine Ewan displayed daily from April 1 until April 14 between 10am and 6pm with 25 per cent of sales going to support Milkeysline.

The charity provides support to people of all ages with mental health issues and to those in emotional distress with thoughts of suicide 365 days a year from its Academy Street base.

Mr and Mrs Ewan are retired art and design teachers who have painted throughout their working lives. They have previously staged joint exhibitions at Eden Court and Perthshire Open Studios, as well as having their work in a number of private collections.

Christine is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and is known for her Impressionistic yet modern landscapes inspired by the changing seasons and weather in the Highlands.

David trained as a graphic designer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and after a few years working as a designer moved to teaching. He is influenced by Celtic and Pictish symbolism, as well as the natural world.

Christine said: “The exhibition will include over 30 framed and unframed works of art from our collection, some of which are inspired by the grandeur of Lochardil House and its beautiful grounds, trees and shrubs.

“We’ve decided to support Mikeysline as they do such good work to help support troubled young people in time of need and allow the conversations which we all need to have at times.”

Lochardil House is the latest addition to the Highland Coast Hotels collection of six existing properties across the north Highlands.

Robert Ratcliffe the new general manager said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming David and Christine to Lochardil House for their pop-up art exhibition.

“We hope to see as many local people from Inverness and surrounding area come along to support the exhibition. Everyone will also get the chance to make a day of it and enjoy some great food, drink and our famous Highland hospitality too.”

Chloe O’Connor, events and fundraising coordinator for Mikeysline, added: “We’re delighted that David and Christine have chosen to support Mikeysline. This very generous gesture from them will be a massive help to us in terms of supporting our current service provision and any options to provide further support in our communities.

“As a grassroots charity that receives no statutory funding, we’re so grateful for all the donations we receive. These vital funds will go towards providing support to those who need it, around the Highlands, Islands and Moray. It’s ok not to be ok.”

Highland Coast Hotels is planning to establish Lochardil House as a local community hub, providing a warm welcome for everyone to enjoy entertaining with family and friends, including birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions.

The 4-star Lochardil House is a Victorian mansion set in idyllic gardens, offering 28 guest rooms, including a choice of suites, family rooms, deluxe doubles and classic singles. A dedicated wedding and meeting space hosts between 10 and 200 people. The property sits just 30 minutes stroll along the River Ness to the centre of Inverness.


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