Charity auction helps Scape get back on its feet - Art Collector

1 August 2011 | Christchurch’s beleaguered Scape Biennial for public art is getting back on its feet with a charity art auction this week.

The 2010 biennial was cancelled twice, first because of the September earthquake and then again because of the February earthquake.

Now re-scheduled for commencement from August 2011, the Scape Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Auction is the first event in what will be three months of temporary public art installations, artist talks and events.

“Scape participant artists were invited, following their many offers of help, to contribute works for the auction, and we have been overwhelmed by the level of support and quality of artworks that have been donated to the auction – it’s a truly wonderful gesture of artists assisting artists” says Deborah McCormick, the biennial’s director.

Among the artists who have donated work are Billy Apple, Bill Culbert, Tacita Dean, Paul Hartigan, Dane Mitchell, Simon Morris and Reuben Paterson.

The auction will be held at 6pm, 6 August 2011 at Achilles House, Level 5, 8 Commerce Street, Auckland City.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Tacita Dean, Longstone Lighthouse, (location photograph, 1996), 2002. Photograph, edition of 25, 35 x 53cm. Courtesy: the artist and Frith Street Gallery

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