Arts Project Australia extends thanks to supporters of the 2020 Virtual Gala.
The Virtual Gala launched on Friday 20 November with over 1000 visits to the virtual exhibition hosted on Arts Project’s website and many also crossing over to long-time supporter Leonard Joel for the silent auction. On Saturday November 28, after a week of browsing and early bidding on the 201 artworks, over 600 supporters Arts Project Australia tuned in across YouTube, Facebook and Instagram for the Virtual Gala live stream. From home, audiences enjoyed a delectable picnic hamper from the Recreation and watched the event to ponder, celebrate and laugh about the year of 2020 with entertainment from an enviable line-up of Melbourne-based performers including Paul Kelly, Claire Hooper and Moira Finnucine. It wasn’t over yet – the enthusiasm continued online at the silent auction, which closed several days later on Tuesday 2 December with 86 lots sold (not including post-auction sales) and 100% of the $20,000 made in sales paid directly to successful artists.
The Virtual Gala was a heartfelt celebration of the artists and their incredible work over 2020. The success of the first iteration of the Gala- a long-lasting cornerstone of the Arts Project Australia program – in virtual format shows testament to the committed support and love for Arts Project artists and their work from a community of creative supporters far and wide.
With special thanks to Arts Project Australia artists, as well as their families, carers and support people; entertainers Paul Kelly, Claire Hooper, Moira Finnucine, Trent Walter, Mama Alto, Maude Davey, Paul Cordeiro, Piera Dennerstein, Jazida and Rachel Lewindon; producer Sian Darling and designer Liz Cox; John Albrecht and Leonard Joel team; Arts Project Australia executive director Sue Roff and staff Sim Luttin, Jo Salt, Sarah Wood, Danielle Hakim, Tahney Fosdike, Margaret McIntosh, Sandy Fernee, as well as studio, admin staff and volunteers; as well as the board and Exhibition Committee, with special note to Virginia Lovett, Mandy Hall, Denise Damianos, Damien Hodgkinson, Marie McCarthy and Melinda Martin.