In an earlier posting, we commented on the impact of charity art auctions on artists. Many, and especially those who are asked time and again, are tired of being the first port of call whenever there is a need to raise funds for a worthy cause. It's not because they don't support the cause or buy into the culture of giving, but rather because they believe charity auction organisers could ask others to stump up for a change.
It's pleasing to see that the organisers of the latest charity art auction in Auckland have widened their net. In addition to securing works by a number of artists, the lots for FOR THE LOVE OF ART also include contributions from Crane Brothers, Indice, Karen Walker Jewellery, Graeme Thompson Antiques and the Eagles Nest luxury retreat.
The auction, which is being organised the New Zealand AIDS Foundation in conjunction with ART + OBJECT takes place tonight at 3 Vernon Street, Freeman's Bay, Auckland from 6.00 pm, with all proceeds (there is no buyers premium) going to essential HIV prevention initiatives.