Art auction a lifeline for earthquake victims
Lismore artist Aris Prabawa has teamed up with Roberta Bassi at Goanna Bakery to stage an art auction this Saturday, September 30, to benefit Javanese artists left homeless by an earthquake.
All proceeds from the auction will go towards rebuilding the Taring Padi art collective where Aris used to live and work before moving to Lismore four years ago. The collective was completely destroyed by an earthquake in May, leaving 10 artists homeless.
Aris, who won the Lismore Living Regional Treasure Art Prize in 2004, is just one of the many Lismore artists who have donated works for the auction, with more pieces continuing to arrive at Goanna Bakery this week.
Roberta said the response had been amazing and the auction was a great opportunity for people to purchase works from up and coming artists as well as help a good cause.
The auction has forged a connection between Indonesian and Australian artists, she said. The Australian dollar goes a long way over there. A few thousand would rebuild a new space for them.
The event begins at 3pm with folk music, followed by the art auction at 3pm. The event will be hosted by a local comedian and pizza and coffee will be available.