For Art's Sake: fundraising for disability support

23 September 2011

(L-R) Works by Reg Mombassa and Stephen Kaldor.
(L-R) Works by Reg Mombassa and Stephen Kaldor.

For the second year the sandstone Kirkbride buildings of Sydney College of the Arts will play host to For Art's Sake, an exciting fundraising exhibition and auction of over 400 works of art, including by artists Reg Mombassa, Garry Shead, Mike Worrall and SCA Associate Professor Merilyn Fairskye.

The show was curated by FRANS, the support group for people with disabilities, and opens on Wednesday 28 September.

FRANS invited people with a disability, professional and emerging artists, celebrities and others to create and donate an artwork on a 30 by 40cm blank canvas to raise funds for the organisation.

For Art's Sake promotes the idea that art is an expression that transcends age, culture, physical and intellectual disability and in doing so provides an equal and legitimate platform by which artists of all abilities can exhibit their works without the stigma associated with their perceived limitations.

Artworks from people with disabilities will hang alongside professional and emerging artists and the wider community. For anonymity purposes, canvases are signed on the back so that each piece is judged on its artistic merit.

Each piece will have a starting price of $65 and patrons will be able to barter for their favourite paintings by doubling and tripling the price. "Auctioneers" will be positioned in the exhibition space to assist in placing the coloured-dot stickers to indicate the last price offered.

(L-R) Works by Rebecca Murphy and Paul Haggith.
(L-R) Works by Rebecca Murphy and Paul Haggith.

During the night there will also be a special live auction of a dozen high-profile Australian artists including Reg Mombasa, former Archibald Prize winner Garry Shead and international surrealist Mike Worrall, Wynne finalist Paul Haggith, Paul Smith, Daniel O'Toole, Christian Morrow, Deb Fineberg, Merilyn Fairskye, Peter Fay, Keith Hanson, and Stephen Kaldor.

"SCA is thrilled to host the For Art's Sake exhibition once again this year," says Jane Gavan, the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching at SCA. "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."

Media personality Julie McCrossin will MC the evening and Louise Sauvage, OAM Paralympian gold medalist will be the guest speaker.

All funds raised from the exhibition will go towards maintaining and enhancing the level and quality of FRANS's community support programs.

Event details

What: FRANS For Art's Sake, a fundraising auction of over 400 anonymous works of art

When: 6 to 9pm, Wednesday 28 September. Exhibition runs until 1 October

Where: SCA Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle. See map and directions

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