Gerard Burns to sell special print collection at Mary’s Meals Day

Award-winning artist Gerard Burns has created a special series of prints, which will raise funds to enable hungry children to attend school through the work of Mary’s Meals.

The prints will go on sale on Sunday afternoon (22 Nov) between 1pm and 5pm in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall as part of our Mary’s Meals Day. The event is free and open to all, allowing supporters and members of the public to come along and hear more about the work of Mary’s Meals and how they can get involved.

Mary’s Meals works with the world’s poorest communities to set up school feeding programmes to encourage impoverished children into the classroom – where they can receive an education to help them out of poverty.

Gerard Burns is a keen supporter of the charity, having heard about it through his wife, Ellen. Last year, the acclaimed artist included Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow in a special exhibition, named ‘14 for 14’. The series featured portraits of 14 Scots that Burns considered to be inspirational and influential in Scotland.

The four prints available to buy from this special Mary’s Meals collection are entitled Heartland; Winter Contemplation; Girl with Doves; and Red Coat in a Winter Landscape. Each giclee fine art print is 275 mm x 275 mm within 400 mm x 400 mm mount and is signed by the artist. As well as being available at Sunday’s event, these special prints can also be bought online at by selecting the website’s Mary’s Meals tab.

Girl with Doves; Winter Contemplation

Gerard Burns said: “As part of my ongoing association with Mary’s Meals, I am delighted to offer a dedicated collection of signed limited edition prints. Ellen and I are so impressed by the conviction and commitment to the charity’s vision that every child deserves an education and has enough to eat.

“Mary’s Meals harnesses the contribution of community volunteers effectively – both here and in the communities they are supporting. The charity also supports local farmers in Malawi and beyond.

“At £122 per print, each purchase from this collection will feed 10 children with a daily meal in school for a whole year – that’s amazing!”

Red Coat in a Winter Landscape; Heartland

Sunday’s Mary’s Meals Day will mark the special milestone of the charity feeding more than one million children every school day, which was announced in May this year. Currently, 1,035,637 children receive Mary’s Meals in their place of education in 12 countries across the developing world.

Visitors to Sunday’s event can expect to see an exclusive pre-screening of a new Mary’s Meals feature film, ‘Generation Hope’, which follows some incredible young people whose lives are being transformed by our work. There will also be a special production of Cathy Forde’s play, ‘One In A Million’ – also inspired by the charity. And there will be a variety of stalls selling arts and crafts, home baking, bric-a-brac, and Christmas goods.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, CEO and founder of Mary’s Meals, said: “We are really looking forward to Mary’s Meals Day in Glasgow on Sunday, which will be a great chance to celebrate the fact that more than a million children now receive Mary’s Meals in school and are looking forward to a brighter future.

“I am incredibly grateful to each and every person who has been moved to play their part in this mission and I am often amazed to see how people offer their skills and talents to help to fund and promote our work.

“Gerard is an incredibly popular artist and I’m humbled by his decision to dedicate this hand-picked collection of prints to Mary’s Meals, especially while we are able to double donations from within the UK.”

From now until December 28, the UK Government will match any UK donations made to Mary’s Meals, allowing the charity to double its impact and feed twice as many children in school. 

There are many different ways you can help by donating your time, money, thoughts and prayers.