In summer 2013, Collective will move from Cockburn Street to the former City Observatory on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. This extraordinary city centre, hilltop location will shape the organisation and its programme in new, distinctive and exciting ways.

Collective’s reception and auction on 14 March 2013  is generously hosted by Lyon & Turnbull, and is an opportunity to find out more about our achievements, ambitions and plans for the future and importantly, to raise money to support the renovation of the Observatory.

This is what they say on their website:_

“Over 60 artists have donated works for auction. From Turner Prize winners Martin Boyce and Jeremy Deller, international artists Spencer Finch and Hans Schabus to rising stars Alex Dordoy and Rachel Adams, the list celebrates and reflects the diverse range of artists Collective has supported, commissioned, exhibited and befriended since we first opened nearly 30 years ago. It is a remarkable confirmation of Collective’s achievements to date and we are hugely grateful to the artists for their generosity.

Since its inception in 1984, Collective has been fundamental to the vitality of culture in Scotland. We bring new contemporary art to a wide audience through an ambitious programme of exhibitions, commissions, participatory and off-site projects as well as first encounters with international artists. And through our New Work Scotland Programme we support the development of art practice and artists based in Scotland.

The City Observatory is located in a walled complex on one of Edinburgh’s principal hills and forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Working in close partnership with City of Edinburgh Council, and Malcolm Fraser Architects as master-planners, refurbishment of the City Dome (part of the Observatory complex) for our international programme is already underway, but partnership funds are needed to transform the Observatory building into a world-class contemporary art space dedicated to the New Work Scotland Programme. 

All of the works are available to view on this site and have a range of auction estimate prices. There is both a live and silent auction on the night. There are also opportunities to bid online for selected works.”

If you are unable to go along on 14 March 2013, please register for telephone bidding or use the absentee bidding form, your bid will be held by the auctioneer on the night.

Contact the gallery on ++44 (0)131 220 1260 for more information or register as an telephone or absentee bidder here.