Rarely shown portraits of famous actors, writers and other celebrities will soon be on show in an exhibition in Melrose. Running from 11 – 24 June, the exhibition will feature portraits of stars including Richard E Grant, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Saunders and Muhammad Ali.

Shot by professional photographer Lloyd Smith over a period of 20 years, whilst he worked for organisations such as the Borders Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Herald, all the photographs will be for sale, in limited editions of 10. Money raised will go to support the work of The Margaret Kerr Unit for palliative care at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose.

Speaking about the project, Lloyd explained that after his mother passed away from cancer last September, he wanted to do something to help other people nearing the end of their lives. He said, “The work that the Margaret Kerr Unit does is incredible, the support they give to patients and families going through an end of life illness is second to none, and, since most units like this struggle with funding, I wanted to do what I could to help. I hope that other units like the Margaret Kerr Unit in Melrose, will be able to be funded so that everyone can have access to such compassion and care at the end of their lives.”

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to support from Farne of Scotland, Unique Events, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, Fantasy Prints and Marmion’s Brasserie.