Art alliance for Darling’s Cafe

Top row left to right Kevin Smith- Chef/ Manager at Darlings, Jack MacDonald ' Artist, Julie Aitken ' Front of House at Darlings 'Middle row Maria Orsi ' previous trainee at Darlings now a part time member of staff, Steph Smith ' current trainee at Darlings 'Front row Marion MacDonald ' Artist and Judith Park, Enterprise Manager, Enable Scotland.
Top row left to right Kevin Smith- Chef/ Manager at Darlings, Jack MacDonald ' Artist, Julie Aitken ' Front of House at Darlings 'Middle row Maria Orsi ' previous trainee at Darlings now a part time member of staff, Steph Smith ' current trainee at Darlings 'Front row Marion MacDonald ' Artist and Judith Park, Enterprise Manager, Enable Scotland.

Owners of an Angus art gallery have pledged to donate a quarter of their income to ENABLE Scotland Darling’s Coffee Shop in Arbroath.

A recent private exhibition to launch Jack and Marion MacDonald’s gallery, The Byre Studio, raised a fabulous £560 for ENABLE Scotland and Darling’s.

“We wanted to contribute to the Angus community in some practical way,” explained Jack.

“Marion and I are in our mid seventies now and needed an exciting project which we would enjoy. The association with ENABLE Scotland was the perfect fit.”

The coffee house – set up as a social enterprise by the leading charity for people with learning disabilities in Scotland - is dedicated to provide training and employability opportunities for young people with learning disabilities.

Jack’s work attracted the eye of a member of staff at Darling’s and he was invited to display his art in the shop. The artists then became more aware of the wonderful work that was happening within the social enterprise.

Marion added: “We’d love to see old friends, acquaintances and other interested folk relax over a cup of coffee and maybe buy a painting or a greetings card knowing that part of their purchase is going to such a good cause.”

Judith Park, enterprise manager at ENABLE Scotland, commented: “The opening of their new gallery provided an excellent opportunity for friends to view their art work in a spectacular setting. As well as Darling’s trainees preparing and serving the food, the event also provided ENABLE Scotland with a platform to further promote the work we do.