The Virtual Gala will feature special moments with APA artists, words from Arts Project director Sue Roff and curator Sim Luttin, and entertainment from an exclusive line-up including Paul Kelly.
Want to party with food? The Recreation is providing a picnic hamper with a selection of cheeses, cold baked goods and wine to enjoy from home (pick up and delivery options available).
Alongside the live stream, 150 artists are presenting 200 artworks at a virtual exhibition and for sale at a silent auction hosted by Leonard Joel.
This year, 100% of sales will be paid to artists.
Both Virtual Gala auction and exhibition will launch from Friday 20 November and close Tuesday 1 December, giving plenty of time to browse and buy Arts Project Australia artworks before and after the Saturday 28 November live stream.
Register to receive the free live stream link, order your picnic hamper and receive updates on the Gala auction and exhibition.
Until 2020, you’d encounter forty artists a day working away in the sun-filled Arts Project Australia studio. The gallery would present 14 solo and group exhibitions, feature 800+ artworks by 190+ studio and invited artists, and welcome 3,000+ artists, families, students, collectors, curators, volunteers and board members to celebrate at our openings.
In 2020, we presented two exhibitions in the gallery—Will Murray Solo and Pleased to Meet You—then, on the 16th of March, we all went home. But, as we approach the end of the year, Arts Project Australia artists, staff and board have not rolled over, stopped working, making or given up in the face of tough times. Arts Project Australia artists, staff and board have risen to the challenge.
The Arts Project Australia Virtual Gala is a celebration of the artists and their incredible work in 2020, as a continuation of the work they do every year, come hail or shine. It is also a celebration, albeit a virtual one, of our vibrant and creative community—our family—of artists, supporters and friends. Enjoy the 201 artworks and the experience of our Virtual Gala and, remember, 100% of every winning bid goes directly into the hands of Melbourne-based artists.