Sydney College of the Arts supports For Art's Sake

26 October 2012

'The Two of Us' by Stephen Kaldor, one of the artworks that will be available for auction.
'The Two of Us' by Stephen Kaldor, one of the artworks that will be available for auction.

For the fourth year running Sydney College of the Arts will play host to For Art's Sake, a fundraising exhibition and auction for FRANS, an organisation that has been helping children and adults with a disability for over 30 years.

Over 400 works of art will be auctioned on the opening night, Tuesday 30 October, including pieces by Reg Mombassa, Jody Broun, Pete and Susan O'Doherty, Paul Haggith, Locust Jones, Lindy Lee, Jenny Orchard and many more.

Over 400 identically-sized blank canvases (30cm x 40cm) were provided to artists and Sydneysiders who love to paint, and their completed artworks have been donated back for this worthy cause.

Artworks from people with disabilities will hang alongside those from professional and emerging artists and the wider community. For anonymity, canvases are signed on the back so that each piece is judged on its artistic merit, allowing art lovers and investors the chance to purchase a bargain that they will truly enjoy.

During the evening there will also be a special live auction of works by high-profile Australian artists, including Mambo artist Reg Mombassa, musician and artist Pete O'Doherty, Wynne finalist Paul Haggith, Indigenous Prize winner Jody Broun, international ceramicists Mitsuo Shoji, Jenny Orchard and Keiko Matsui, and contemporary artists Nicholas Burton, Deb Fineberg, Matthys Gerber, Keith Hansen, Locust Jones, Stephen Kaldor, Shane Kenning, Lindy Lee, Greg Mallyon, Joan Ross and Norma Tahhan, to name a few.

"At a time when the state government has put disability very firmly on the agenda, Sydney College of the Arts is once again delighted to be able to extend its partnership with FRANS, helping to raise awareness and vital funds to continue their enormously valuable activities," says Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, Professor Colin Rhodes.

"SCA is delighted to host the For Art's Sake exhibition. Beyond raising much-needed awareness for FRANS, this exhibition is a great example of widening inclusivity for all those interested in contemporary visual art. SCA is striving to include this all-encompassing approach within academic programs and through a range of community outreach initiatives."

The Minister for Disability Services, the Hon Andrew Constance MP, will open the exhibition. Julie McCrossin, media personality, will MC the event and Louise Sauvage, OAM Paralympian gold medallist, is guest speaker.

All funds raised from the exhibition will go towards maintaining and enhancing the level and quality of FRANS' self-funded independence programs.

As part of the exhibition a special noodle lunch will be held at SCA on Saturday 27 October. SCA staff from the Ceramics Studio, Jan Guy (lecturer) and Dee Taylor-Graham (Studio and Technical Supervisor) and Mitsuo Shoji (Adjunct Senior Lecturer) have made 100 ceramic bowls, and Shoji will be cooking a special Japanese noodle dish for guests, who can purchase a bowl for $25, including a noodle lunch.

Event details

What: For Art's Sake exhibition and auction 

When: Exhibition from 26 October to 1 November

Auction from 6 to 9pm, Tuesday 30 October

Where: SCA Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road, Rozelle (enter opposite Cecily Street). See map and directions 

Cost: This event is free and open to all. This is an accessible venue and limited parking is available inside the grounds.

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