The Macmillan Art Show 2017, Bonhams Auction House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, August 24 to 27.

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CANCER affects people regardless of creed, colour, class, identity or income. So, in the midst of festival Edinburgh, where culture-lovers are tripping over each other at every cobble, it's fitting that artists are doing their bit to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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The charity’s high-profile Art Show is celebrating its 15th anniversary and the artworks in the exhibition cover a variety of styles to suit most tastes.

Showcased at Bonham’s Auction House in the heart of the capital, this popular annual event has raised over £500,000, through renowned and emerging artists donating almost 50% of the sale price of their work to Macmillan Cancer Support.

This year’s show has work from almost 140 exhibitors with a focus on young emerging artists as well as those who are well established within the art world. Macmillan’s exhibition platform not only offers great exposure but it also helps overcome the practical difficulties of selling work as a developing artist.

Alice Newman, one of the young artists, says: “I'm looking forward to exhibiting alongside a huge range of talented artists in a fantastic setting and knowing that it's all for a really great cause. I'd encourage anyone thinking of exhibiting to do it.

“My work is always meant to express an emotional response to the place, rather than a literal interpretation. In my showcase artwork, Victoria Street, I wanted to convey the quirkiness of Edinburgh's old town and the colours, and movement that make the street so iconic.”

Established artist Mark Mullholland, is also exhibiting. He explains: “I have lost several family members to cancer and I feel duty bound to support Macmillan in this way and to show solidarity to those living with cancer. I look forward to being able to contribute to the cause in the way I know best and to share wall space with other talented artists, both established and emerging. My still life oil painting, Closed Stargazers, evokes tranquillity and anticipation, capturing the moment the buds turn from green to yellow to pink, just before the lilies burst open.”