I’m really excited to share the Peace of Art online auction with you. Peace of Art is a biennial online auction, curated and hosted by Fenton & Fenton. It features a diverse collection of works from coveted and emerging Australian artists and goes live at 10am today, 10 November.
If you’ve been considering purchasing a piece of Australian art, this a great opportunity. What makes this collection different – apart from the amazing talent of the 100+ artists – is that 100% of the proceeds will be donated to ‘School’s a Gift’.
‘School’s a Gift’ is an Australian not for profit organisation that’s helping children in deprived areas of Ethiopia attend school. Founder Georgina Fenton, along with the help of her sister Lucy, tells us that “so far the charity has managed to help over 2,000 children access primary and secondary education, with over half of them being girls. Our last Peace of Art Event in 2014 exceeded expectations and raised $100,000, which built the first secondary school for the Esha Amba community; contributing to improved livelihoods and the empowerment of so many young adults, particularly girls, who are usually the most disadvantaged.”
Over 100 artists have each donated a piece of art, including paintings, illustrations, sculptures, wall hangings and more. The stellar line-up of artists includes Dion Horstmans, Kristen Daniels, Natalie Miller, Maryanne Moodie, Carly Williams, Michael Bond, Armelle Habib, Kara Rosenlund, Jai Vasicek, Kate Banazi, Antoinette Ferwerda and 4 times Archibald prize finalist, Carla Fletcher. You can see the full list of artists at the bottom of this post.
Bidding starts online today – Thursday 10th November 2016 at 10am – and all work will be displayed in store at Fenton & Fenton in Melbourne until 24th November. There will be a live auction and party on Thursday, 24th November 6:00 – 8.30 pm.
Photos courtesy of Fenton & Fenton. Photography by Armelle Habib, styling by Heather Nette King.
I can’t think of a better time and way to buy Australian art – and from so many collectible artists too. “Thanks to the generosity of the Australian art community, we aim to raise over $100,000 this year to further develop schools and help more children receive educational opportunities in these remote communities. The money raised will be used to rebuild a primary school that has deteriorated to the point that it is unusable, many of the children have been forced to drop out, whilst those remaining are taking classes under a tree,” said Lucy Fenton.
View all the artworks in Peace of Art 2016 and place your online bids at Fenton & Fenton here.