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Public are cordially invited to an art auction fundraiser at the Aigantighe Art Gallery Friday 18th October 5.30pm. The bidding will start at 6:30pm after socialising and nibbles.

Absent bids may be arranged. Over 50 artworks, by local and NZ artists vieweable on-line: here: Auction Items. or at the Gallery from 10:00am to 4:00pm Friday 18th October. A catalogue will be available for purchase.

Funds provide scholarships for local youth studying art. Please join in and support this very generous top-up to our Timaru North Rotary Scholarship fund. 

Art Auction to be held by Timaru North Rotary 18 October.

The Rotary Club of Timaru North has long been a supporter of youth in South Canterbury, believing that investment in talented youth is an investment in our future. One of the areas it has particularly focused on is the arts.For many years the club has sponsored the annual Artarama event at Aigantighe Art Gallery which recognises and rewards outstanding school aged artists. In 2017, in an effort to broaden its involvement, the club established an Arts Scholarship to provide an enhanced learning experience for a South Canterbury student commencing or continuing study in an arts field at tertiary level.

The art auction

The auction the club held that year, enabled by notable artists such as Clark Esplin who have kindly donated their art works for sale, was very successful. To date Timaru North Rotary has been able to assist five young aspiring artists to follow their dreams.

On Friday 18 October the club will run another art auction to bolster the scholarship fund. It is looking to the South Canterbury arts community for support, in particular to artists who may wish to donate pieces to be auctioned, and artists who would be interested in having their works auctioned with a reserve, with the Rotary Club retaining any money over and above the reserve for the scholarship fund.

Convenor of the art auction for Timaru North Rotary, Harley Smithson, said he is hoping the public will support the auction by bidding on the artists’ very generous donations and so top up the club’s Art Scholarship fund.

For full information contact Harley at , or phone 03 6866055 or 0274972792.

Past recipients:

2019: Emily Bell
Emily is studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Otago Polytechnic. She has won a wide range of Timaru Girls High School awards and endorsements for arts, graphics and enterprise, and was 2018 Deputy Head Girl.
2018: Isabel Whitticase
Isabel is now studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, wanting to work as an animator or storyboard artist. In 2018 she received the South Canterbury Arts Society Prize at Artarama in August last year for a digital piece combining a photo and drawings. Stuff news item