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LOCAL businesses have the chance to sponsor high quality artwork at Linlithgow’s top exhibition venue.

Organisers at the new look Burgh Halls, which opened its doors last month one year later than planned, are hoping to attract high quality artists to their free exhibitions, and they want local sponsors to get on board.

Sponsors will fund the preview night event for new exhibitions, so that taxpayers are not footing the bill.

A council spokesperson said: “It’s an exciting opportunity for businesses and we want to encourage quality artists to come to this venue.

‘‘Local sponsors will benefit from association with a high quality exhibition and will have direct representation at the official opening where they can mix with other invited guests.”

The recent Kate Downie exhibition featured in the first floor art gallery was hailed as a great success by organisers.

Jim Walker, executive councillor for culture and leisure, added: “These affordable sponsorship opportunities will give West Lothian businesses excellent publicity opportunities locally and nationally.

‘‘The opening event will enable businesses to invite important clients, and employees to a prestigious event.”

As well as acknowledgements linked to the exhibition, each sponsor will be offered 14 tickets to the private view which they can use for clients, suppliers or employees.

Guests at the private view can meet the artist and purchase work before the exhibition is open to the public. The sponsor and guests can also get a private tour of the stunning new building.

Letters went out to local businesses this week for the chance to sponsor award-winning artist’s Alan Davie’s exhibition “Restless Imagination” due to open to the public from June 7 - August 7.

The private view and exclusive official opening for invited guests will take place on the evening of Monday, June 6.

The Burgh Halls offers spaces for hire, a visitor attraction, an art gallery, a restaurant/café, and an education centre, and the £5.2 million redevelopment was funded by West Lothian Council in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.