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Indigenous art to be auctioned

Shepparton's Gallery Kaiela having art auction fundraiser tomorrow.

JENNA BISHOP April 30, 2014 3:44am

Eric Brown with some of Gallery Kaiela's art.


Indigenous artworks of all shapes and sizes will go under the hammer at Shepparton’s Gallery Kaiela tomorrow night to support local art spaces.

Gallery Kaiela assistant manager Damien Saunders said it would be the gallery’s first art auction fundraiser.

More than 20 pieces of Indigenous art will be up for auction, including paintings, didgeridoos, weaving, emu eggs, ceramics and even snakes made from willow tree branches.

Mr Saunders said the auction would be an opportunity to purchase a locally created artwork and support local artists.

He said the auction would benefit the gallery’s adjoining artistic workshop, a new addition to its facilities after the gallery moved to its new High St premises.

‘‘We’re hoping to raise some funds to keep the workshop going, so artists have a place to come and produce art,’’ he said.

Mr Saunders said the gallery was a not-for-profit organisation that relied on community support.

‘‘If we can’t get funds, we can’t provide the space for local artists,’’ he said.

Mr Saunders said people would also have the chance to meet and greet some of the artists featured in the auction.

He said many artworks were donated by local Indigenous artists who used the workshop as an artistic space.

Former City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Geoff Dobson will be the guest auctioneer.

 

Gallery Kaiela’s Art Auction will be tomorrow from 6pm at 137-139 High St, Shepparton. The auction will begin at 6.30pm.

 

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