Gilbert Burgh at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space’s Art for Ipswich auction holds up a piece by artist Hugh Amos.
Gilbert Burgh at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space’s Art for Ipswich auction holds up a piece by artist Hugh Amos. Claudia Baxter

Spirited bidding for charity art

MORE than 40 art works went under the hammer on the weekend at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space to raise money for flood relief.

The Art for Ipswich charity auction raised about $5500 for flood relief after 35 artists from Ipswich and surrounding regions donated pieces for the event.

LeAnne Vincent, gallery co-ordinator at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space, said the auction pulled a crowd of about 70 keen art lovers.

“We sold 45 art works on the night and it was a well-attended event,” she said.

She said the auction not only showcased the talents of artists from Ipswich, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, but gave buyers the chance to snap up quality pieces with proceeds going to a good cause.

The artists who donated include Deb Mostert with a portrait of ABC radio personality Madonna King, Judy Barass who exhibited in the Ipswich House exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery, and renowned wildlife photographer Raoul Slater, who donated a large, framed photographic print and one of his books.

Les Thornton from the Professionals Thornton Real Estate Ipswich was auctioneer.

Meanwhile, the next ARTalk Philosophy Cafe event kicks off tonight with guest speakers debating whether graffiti is street art or a crime. The event will start at 6pm at the Bon Laneway cafe with admission $5 a head.



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