Over 300 artists have been invited to submit work for a special exhibition to support people impacted by the degenerative, neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD).
Organised by Scottish Huntington’s Association, the only charity in the country working with HD families, the exhibition and auction is taking place on the evening of Thursday, October 25 at the Port Gallery, Auchenstarry Marina, Kilsyth.
Provost Jean Jones of North Lanarkshire Council, will open the event.
‘This is a disease that is much misunderstood and because it affects families across generations, is often hidden away. I’m delighted to be opening this charity art auction to help raise awareness of the condition in North Lanarkshire and to hopefully raise much-needed funds to support the valuable work the SHA does to improve the lives of families living with this terrible condition,’ said Provost Jones.
SHA supports HD families through a national network of specialists, a world leading youth support team and its financial wellbeing service.
HD is a complex condition with symptoms that typically begin to develop between the ages of 30 and 50. It causes three main groups of symptoms: changes to thinking processes – a type of early onset dementia, loss of muscle control and involuntary movements which lead to loss of speech and swallow along with mental illness. Those impacted by HD may lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or make decisions and will eventually need 24 hour care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk developing the disease. There is currently no cure.
It is estimated there are around 1100 people living with HD in Scotland and up to 6000 potentially at risk.
Chair of SHA Cat Martin, will welcome guests and visitors to the exhibition.
‘As a local resident I’m delighted that the charity has chosen to bring their annual art auction to Kilsyth. The gallery is a fantastic space and I really hope people from far and wide come along to make a bid and learn more about HD and what we do,’ she said.
Any artist interested in submitting a piece of work to the auction should contact Dougie Peddie, Fundraising Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org on 0141 848 0308 or 07565 042 831.