Petition launched to help local artist

A petition has been launched to prevent local street artist Michael McVeigh from losing his “patch” in which he sells prints of his paintings.

The artist, who sells his prints on Saturdays behind Marks & Spencer on Rose Street, claims selling art is is his only source of income. However, Edinburgh City Council believe that nearby construction and vehicle movement in the area conflict with the street trader. They concluded that McVeigh’s display will cause “a severe risk to public safety”

The petition, available on change.org, has currently been signed by 315 people, with organiser Daniel Smith urging more to sign. One overseas supporter wrote:

“I live in Canada and have a few of his prints. I’m complimented on them all the time. I’ve given them as gifts. Scotland should be proud of this fellow. He’s a treasure.”

McVeigh, whose art has been displayed in galleries throughout Edinburgh and Glasgow, has been selling his art on Rose Street for over 20 years. The artist will find out the fate of his trading license next month, when the city council decide whether or not to revoke his permit.

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