11 million hectares. 2,000 homes. 23 human lives. 1 billion innocent animals. This is what the current climate crisis has cost Australia in the last few months alone. The need to create meaningful change has reached – no, surpassed – point critical, and without community, collaboration, and creativity, there is no hope such change will be made. While there is no quick fix to this issue (after all, let’s not pretend it occurred overnight), there are plenty of ways in which to start in the direction of positive change – and what better way than an art auction in support of bushfire relief efforts?
The HOME Bushfire Relief Art Auction Fundraiser is an independent fundraising initiative produced by Sam Watson Wood (director of partnerships and programs for Sydney Contemporary) and Rae Begley (artist and director of Little Hero PR). Proudly sponsored by Major Partners, the National Art School, Sydney Contemporary, and Aon, the auction is the perfect forum for Sydney’s creatively inclined to come together in a show of solidarity for the communities and charities fighting fire head on.
With an impressive catalogue featuring works from over fifty of Australia’s leading and emerging contemporary artists lined up to go under the hammer, and 100% of proceeds going directly to selected charities, this event could be the most philanthropical opportunity you have all year. Carefully selected due to their current and future responses to the bushfires and Australia’s climate, the charities nominated to receive the raised funds are WWF Australia, Climate Council, and Firesticks Alliance. Relief support for the wildlife, flora, the people and the planet as well as the long-term plan to instigate positive change were all of utmost importance to the producers and the artists themselves.
The event is open to the public for one night only across the main gallery and courtyard of the National Art School, Darlinghurst and heroes art alongside a local music line up including DJ sets by Client Liaison, Gemma (Club Kooky), Marcus King and Tyson Koh, as well as food and drink offerings including Love Can, Cake Wines and Young Henrys. Donations for entry would be greatly appreciated and will be added to the proceeds raised.
The auction exhibition will take place in the Main Gallery of the National Art School. Live auction works by invitation only at VIP Preview from 5-7pm, registration essential by request. Silent auction works open for bidding online from February 4 and close February 12 at 10pm. You can also sneak a peek at some of the artworks to auctioned below.
For the love of Australia (and art!), get yourself to the National Art School, Corner Forbes & Burton Street, Darlinghurst, on Wednesday 12 February 2020. See you there, around 7pm!
HOME Bushfire Relief Art Auction
Photography courtesy of HOME Bushfire Relief Art Auction
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