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Some of the oldest recorded works of art can be traced to archaeological sites from across southern Africa. Recent research suggests that this ancient art is synonymous with the very essence of being human – that the development allowed our ancestors to think differently and to express unique human traits through language, art and religion.
Art and nature have always enjoyed a natural synergy. The environment, animals and wild places have long been a source of inspiration to artists intrigued by the world around them.
A total of 23 of South Africa’s most distinguished artists have offered some of their finest works for a charity art auction in support of WWF South Africa (WWF-SA) – a leading conservation NGO, which inspires people to live in harmony with nature.
The WWF Art Auction takes place today in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The event is being hosted by the Everard Read CIRCA gallery on Jellicoe and forms part of the gallery’s centenary celebrations. With a stellar list of participating artists, the auction will be a highlight on the arts calendar for serious art collectors and is expected to raise more funds than any previous charity art auction held in South Africa.
Nicholas Oppenheimer will be the patron for the evening and Stephan Welz will conduct the auction, which will also include international bidders who will link via telecon. In addition to the support from Everard Read, auctioneers Strauss & Co have generously agreed to conduct the auction proceedings while Nedbank continues to underline their ongoing support for WWF by joining as a co-sponsor of the event.
An abiding interest in art and conservation led to this partnership between the acclaimed gallery and this highly respected worldwide conservation organisation.
“Many of these artists are constantly approached by charities asking them to donate something towards a fundraising event, and because of this, the artworks donated are often not the finest representation of the artists’ work. In order to ensure that we received the best work from the best artists, every artist has the opportunity to reclaim a portion of their commission (Everard Read will not receive any commission). This will guarantee that every artwork on auction will be a collectable of real importance”.
Works by such luminaries as William Kentridge, Beezy Bailey, Dylan Lewis, Kerri Evans, John Meyer, Vusi Khumalo, Angus Taylor, Deborah Bell, Gary Stephens, Guy du Toit, Harold Voigt, Leigh Voight, Walter Voight, Lionel Smit, Neil Rodger, Nicola Taylor, Norman Catherine, Philemon Hlungwane, Karel Nel, Rina Stutzer, Sam Nhlengethwa, and Velaphi Mzimba form the collection. These creative heavyweights are sending a strong message of their support for conservation.
All proceeds will go towards supporting WWF-SA’s conservation work, which includes maintaining and enhancing South Africa’s rich natural assets, ensuring that our environments are preserved in a way that they support the economic well-being of our people, and addressing risks and opportunities of a changing environment.
• Details: Today at 5.30 for 6pm Venue: CIRCA on Jellicoe.
For more information contact: WWF-SA: Frances Read 082 383 7558 firstname.lastname@example.org; Everard Read: Gina Braun at ginaB@circagallery.co.za; Strauss: Susie Goodman Susie@straussart.co.za