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. Bid until 6 PM Tuesday 1 December!
Until 2020, you’d encounter forty artists a day working away in the sun-filled Arts Project Australia studio, immersed in creating bold artworks spanning painting, textiles and drawing right through to photography, digital art and artist zines. When you set foot in the studio, you’d experience the incredible collegiality, energy and warmth of the artists as they interacted with their peers, staff and visitors and share their work, ideas, and creative narratives. 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.
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.
As we approach the end of 2020, Arts Project Australia artists, staff and board have not rolled over, stopped working, making or given up in the face of tough times. As Claire Hooper put it, “In such a tough year, 150 APA artists were working from home. Yeah, that’s right, working — not falling in a heap covered in crumbs. I mean, it’s just showing off!”
And it’s the truth. Arts Project Australia artists, staff and board have risen to the challenge. Art packs were delivered to artists as they set up home studios, artists and staff met daily on Zoom and many new artworks were created that reflect this historic time we are living and creating through.