Art of fundraising cultivated for animals
Southland art lovers are being called on to raise thousands of dollars to bridge a shortfall in funding for the SPCA's new animal shelter.
Real estate agent and Invercargill Licensing Trust board member Sean Bellew has organised a charity art auction at the end of November, to be held at Invercargill Airport.
About 20 Southland commercial artists have so far agreed to donate work for the black-tie cocktail event, he said.
Mr Bellew wants about 50 pieces to auction and is urging other artists to get involved. He hopes to raise between $50,000 and $100,000 from the event.
As well as the artworks up for auction, valuable art from private collections would also be on display. "We have originals by Charles F Goldie, Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere and Grahame Sydney for people to admire on the night," he said.
SPCA manager Mary Bradley said the auction was a wonderful idea and if it raised the predicted funds, it would cover the shortfall needed to finish the shelter's interior.
Construction on the more-than-$1.5 million complex started in June. It will have shower rooms for the dogs, under-floor heating for the pens, an operating theatre, drying room, feeding rooms, a large outdoor dog play area, and an education room.
Ms Bradley expects the complex to be completed by December.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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