It was a delight to be Mistress of Ceremonies for Art for the Wilderness last Sunday evening. The event in the main gallery of our historic building at 40 Queen Street Woollahra saw nearly 100 artists donate work for auction to raise funds for The Wilderness Society.
Around 200 art lovers matched the generosity of the artists with their bids for nature and an amazing $120,000 was raised making it possibly the most successful art auction in the Australian environment movement’s history! The endangered black throated finch painted by Nigel Milsom that you can see hanging on the wall behind me fetched the highest price of all the pieces at $8,000. The finch is of course threatened by Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.
To coincide with the fundraiser, I’ve curated an exhibition and sale of Wild Things featuring the work of eight Australian jewellers responding to the theme of the natural world. It’s on at Jewels On Queen until September 7. Check it out!