Through our event and charity auction services, Lyon & Turnbull is proud to sponsor both national and international charities, museums and institutions. From hosting fundraising events at our historical location in Edinburgh’s New Town, providing a charity auctioneer at your event or assisting with “Antiques Roadshow" style valuation events throughout the country, our Events & Sponsorships team will be happy to discuss any possible opportunity with your charity.
The Lyon & Turnbull team of auctioneers have been delighted to assist a great many charities over the years with their auction events. The team pride themselves on using their years of experience to get the best from an audience on the evening – really making a spectacle of the event and keeping everyone enraptured, and in a generous mood, throughout the auction.
From the South-East of England to the North of Scotland, the Lyon & Turnbull team have assisted a great number of charities raise both their profile and funds through antiques valuation days. By offering “Antiques Roadshow” style valuations in return for a donation, considerable funds can be raised in just one afternoon or evening. Our events team are also happy to work alongside the host charity to maximise the impact of the valuations event, from promotional ideas to accompanying activities, making it a memorable and successful day for all.
TALKS & LECTURES
From the lives of the Scottish Colourists to the ecology of design, our main saleroom has played host to a huge range of speakers on a vast range of subjects. The church heritage of our New Town headquarters has provided us with a venue designed specifically with acoustics in mind – perfect considering the popularity of our talks and lectures lead to a majority being standing room only! Recent speakers have included National Galleries curator Alice Strang; master engraver Malcolm Appleby; BBC Antiques Roadshow star Judith Miller; Scottish art historian Christopher Andreae and leading Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek.
The Noble House | A Lecture & Book Signing by Charles Wemyss
We were very happy to welcome architectural historian, Charles Wemyss, to Lyon & Turnbull in April 2015. Our upcoming Fine Furniture & Works of Art auction created the perfect setting for Charles's sell-out talk on Scottish country house architecture - centered around his most recent publication The Noble Houses of Scotland.
Postcards for Sick Kids 2014 | Small Art for Big Projects
Every two years nearly 200 artists donate specially produced postcard-sized artworks to be sold in support of The Sick Kids Friends Foundation and their work at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. "Postcards for Sick Kids: Small Pictures for Big Projects" in November 2014 raised in excess of £40,000.
Breast in Art | Exhibition & Charity Auction
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, artist Helen Patterson wanted to create an event that would give back something to the team at Breakthrough Breast Cancer who had provided such support through her treatment. Helen worked for over a year to pull together donations for the Breast in Art auction, supported by our Contemporary Art specialist Charlotte Riordan. The immensely generous donations by artists from all over the UK, including Sarah Lucas and Elizabeth Blackadder, were well received with the auction raising nearly £60,000 on the night. Funds will go towards supporting Scotland’s only dedicated breast cancer research unit at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
"I am extremely grateful to the team at Lyon & Turnbull for hosting this exhibition, entirely at no cost, allowing all proceeds to be donated to the charity. Without their expertise, time and patience this exhibition would never have come to fruition."
Helen Patterson raising funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer
The Collective Auction 2013 | Silent & Live Auction
Gavin Strang took to the rostrum in March 2013 to help raise over £60,000 for Edinburgh’s Collective Gallery – funds from the silent and live auction went towards the redevelopment of the Gallery’s new venue atop the iconic Calton Hill.
GSA Students' Association & MFA Programme | Charity Auction
Auctioneer Alex Dove and Contemporary Art specialist Charlotte Riordan helped raise £15,000 for the Glasgow School of Art MFA Programme and Students' Association
University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary | Charity Auction
Renowned charity auctioneer, and St. Andrews alumni, Campbell Armour helped raise £38,000 for the University’s anniversary fund – money that will go to support the Arnold Palmer Scholarship fund, a home for the University’s Special Collections and an endowed lectureship in American Literature.
UK Youth | Gala Dinner & Charity Auction
Charity auctioneer, Colin Fraser, helped to raise over £35,000 for UK Youth at a gala dinner and auction hosted by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent and Nigel Mansell CBE in June 2013 at Boisdales restaurant in Canary Wharf, London. The charity's patron, HRH Princess Anne, spoke about the important work of UK Youth before the auction.
The Prince’s Trust Winter Ball 2011 | Gala Dinner & Charity Auction
Auctioneer Lee Young helped to raise over £30,000 to help disadvantaged young people across the East Midlands at the Prince’s Trust Winter Ball – a gala dinner and auction hosted by Moira Stuart at the Old Museum in Nottingham.
RSPB | Malcolm Appleby’s Capercaillie
Master engraver and silversmith, Malcolm Appleby, is passionate about conservation and the work of the RSPB. In 2013 he created a piece specifically to support the charity’s capercaillie conservation work, a piece that was launched, following an enthralling talk by Appleby, in an evening event at Lyon & Turnbull.