CAMPAIGNERS staged a mass visit to the axed Inverleith House gallery as a petition to stop it from closing gathered thousands of signatures.
Sunday’s event was staged on the last official day of the renowned venue which bosses at the Botanics say is being closed to save money.
A petition urging a rethink has already gathered thousands of signatures with Inverleith councillor Lesley Hinds also pledging to intervene.
She will raise an emergency motion at the next full council meeting in a bid to win a reprieve, backed by leading figures from the art world.
Councillor Hinds said: “The announcement of the closure was made on Tuesday for Sunday – that is a shocking length of notice for a public body to give people for closure.”
The final exhibition at the gallery, which has been operating for 30 years, was entitled I Still Believe In Miracles.