Castlemaine State Festival will be taking their biennial fundraising program online for the first time in the history of the event. The ten-day Castlemaine State Festival Art Auction will begin at 10am on Friday 27 March with bidding closing at 5pm on Sunday 5 April.
As one of the Castlemaine State Festival’s main fundraising activities, the annual event aims to support the Festival as well as the many talented artists living and working in the region.
Contributing artists include Roz Avent, Norma Bailey-Ramsay, Richard Baxter, Charles Bock, Lyndell Brown, Paddy Tjungarrayi Carroll, Laura Clement, Rhett D’Costa, John Downton OAM, Barney Ellaga, Ryan Ford, David Frazer, Jeff Gardner, Charles Green, Rona Green, Craig Gough, Sarah Koschak, Melinda Harper, Geoff Hocking, Judy Holding, Andy Indrans, Peggy Napangardi Jones, Cheryl Kennedy, Julie Millowick, David Moore, Faye M. Owen, Wykeham Perry, Nicole Quinton, Michael Raftos, Cameron Robbins, Dennis Ropar, Penny Ryan, Julie Shaw, Peggy Shaw, Georgia Spain, Wendy Stavrianos, Lance Sullivan, Carol Swain, Diane Thompson, Wayne Viney, and Michael Wolfe.
Festival Director Glyn Roberts said ‘The move from a traditional single-day, on-site auction allows more people from further afield to bid for the works so generously donated by our artists. With the support of Creative Victoria, we have been able to develop a simple-to-use online bidding portal and hope to reach more art lovers and Festival supporters than ever before.’
Potential bidders can register and view the works online.
All proceeds will go towards the development of local work for Castlemaine State Festival’s next artistic program which runs from 19 to 28 March 2021.