Richard Demarco receives Edinburgh Award

Richard Demarco receives the Edinburgh Award. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Richard Demarco receives the Edinburgh Award. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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ART impresario Richard Demarco has become the seventh city resident to receive the prestigious Edinburgh Award.

The 83-year-old founder of the Traverse Theatre followed in the footsteps of Ian Rankin, Peter Higgs, JK Rowling and Sir Chris Hoy in being awarded the loving cup at a ceremony in City Chambers on Monday.

He was presented the award by Lord Provost Donald Wilson while Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin read a specially commissioned poem entitled Richard Demarco - The Sorcerer of Edinburgh.

An impression of his handprints was also immortalised on a flagstone in the City Chambers quadrangle earlier in the evening.

Accepting his award, he said: “Edinburgh is the world capital of art and I have been honoured to work alongside countless friends over the years who have made this possible against all the odds even when those odds have included the Scottish Art Council.

“I regard this award as an honouring of all the artists and art patrons who collaborated with me to develop a cultural dialogue between Scotland and the international art world.”

He added: “At present I feel art is in danger as it becoming more a form of entertainment, it should be much, much more than that. Art is the one language we have been given to prove we are not plonkers.”