Art auction to bolster club scholarship fund

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Ready to sell...Art auction organisers Rose Walden and Harley Smithson show artworks by John Badcock and Paul Hanrahan that will be auctioned. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

by Chris Tobin

An auction of more than 30 artworks, including a piece by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to be held in Timaru next week will bolster a scholarship fund for young local artists.

Harley Smithson, of the Rotary Club of Timaru North, said for many years the club had sponsored an annual Artarama event at the Aigantighe Art Gallery which recognised outstanding school-aged artists.

Two years ago the club established an arts scholarship for a South Canterbury resident starting or continuing study in an arts field at a tertiary level.

“We’ve had about a dozen applicants each year for the scholarship,” Mr Smithson, who is convening the art auction, said.

As well as donating works, artists could place a reserve on works and any money paid for works above this amount would go into the scholarship fund.

Among artists whose works will be auctioned are Rosa Spencer Bower, John Bevan Ford, Marilynn Webb, Jason Greig, Claire Beynon, Paul Hanrahan and John Badcock. The works of two previous winners of the scholarship, Isobel and Emily Bell, will also be auctioned.

Mr Smithson said the prime minister would provide “an A4 doodle” that would be framed and auctioned as well.

The auction is open to the public and will take place on Friday next week (October 18), at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru. Bidding will start at 6.30pm.