Canvases go under the hammer for life support

ART will support life when more than 130 works go up for auction in Warrnambool later this month.

The artworks include paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, jewellery, glassware and ceramics from many of the luminaries of the south-west art scene.

They will be auctioned for Peter’s Project at the Art Supporting Life event at the Warrnambool Art Gallery from 7pm on Friday, March 28.

The works will be exhibited at the Warrnambool Art Galley from tomorrow. 

The auction is a joint effort by Warrnambool and District Breast Cancer Support Group, the Warrnambool Social Breast Cancer Support Group and the South C Dragons, a Warrnambool dragon boat team whose members include many women who have been affected by breast cancer.

Helping organise the auction are Liza McCosh, from Warrnambool’s Scope Galleries,  and Ann Krause, from the South C Dragons team.

They said the auction was a way for the arts community to contribute to the $5 million that Peter’s Project aims to raise for the cost of a Warrnambool radiotherapy centre.

Both women are artists and have used their connections in the south-west arts scene to gain great support from the regional arts community for the auction.

Dr McCosh said none of the donated artworks had a reserve price so the auction was a great opportunity to secure a quality work of art at a bargain price.

Among the south-west artists to donate are Tim Walker, who gave a work he had hanging in his home, Ron Quick, Wilma Williams, and Marion Manifold, of Camperdown, who has artworks in the National Gallery in Canberra.

Also contributing are Glenn Morgan, of Warrnambool, who exhibits in Melbourne and Sydney, and Annette Iggulden, who exhibits in Sydney.

Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh and Peter’s Project director Vicki Jellie have also shown their artistic sides and donated works.

Members of the Warrnambool and District Artists’ Society have been generous and the auction has also received strong support from Portland artists, who have contributed 11 artworks.

A number of the artworks will be sold through a silent auction, in which people write down their bids.

Entry to the March 28 auction will be by gold coin donation.

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