Souper Saturday volunteers Mark and Jenny had a fab time yesterday at Big Issue Edinburgh’s grand unveiling of the amazing portrait collection which has been a labour of love for our friend Karen Bates for quite some time now.
Karen painted a portrait of 49 Big Issue Edinburgh vendors and 4 staff members after one of the staff members won a free portrait prize in Souper Saturday’s fundraising raffle last year. Note that it was ONE portrait, not 53!!
The prize led to this beautiful and evocative piece of work which is now hanging in the Big Issue office on Queensferry Street after it was unveiled yesterday evening by Edinburgh Rugby’s Michael Allen.
It is especially cool for us at Souper Saturday to have had a tiny part in this fantastic piece of work because our project was sparked by some volunteering at The Big Issue. We also have a few past and present Big Issue vendors who visit us on a Saturday for a chat and a bite to eat so we feel that it is important to keep a strong working relationship between the two organisations.
Well done Karen and hopefully you can pop by soon on your way to work!