Live auction excitement will help fundraising efforts for Taranaki Women’s Shelter


Artist Graham Kirk is well known for his “superhero” artwork. Photo / Tammie Pittwood photography

For almost 20 years, local artists have submitted their works to the Taranaki Women’s Refuge Art Auction to support their work.

When it looked like Covid-19 had forced the 2020 Shelter Art Auction 2020 online, it was the enthusiasm of some of these local artists to get it “live” that helped en make it happen.

One of them was artist Graham Kirk, well known for his “superhero” works. He says that a live auction brings a very special atmosphere.

“There is nothing quite like the buzz and the sense of expectation that comes with a live auction, both for the artists and the bidders, so I am delighted that the Women’s Refuge has taken this route. “

The work of artist Graham Kirk will be featured in the auction.  Photo / Tammie Pittwood photography
The work of artist Graham Kirk will be featured in the auction. Photo / Tammie Pittwood photography

The biennial event features long-time admired designers such as John McLean, Fern Petrie and Milarky as well as newcomers to the art scene. Shona Smith, relationship manager with the Taranaki Women’s Shelter, said working with them was inspiring.

“We have captured films and stills working with Mark Lahood and Tammie Pitwood Photography films. Spending this time with some of the artists has been an amazing experience. We have an abundance of talented artists in Taranaki and we are thrilled to celebrate this with our community. “

Domestic violence remains a serious problem in New Zealand. In the 12 months ending June 2020, police witnessed 5,463 incidents of domestic violence in Taranaki alone. Funds raised from the auction will go to programs that the Taranaki Women’s Shelter runs to support positive change in domestic violence at the local level.

While corporate tickets are already sold out, general admission tickets are available for the November 13 event for $ 10 from the Taranaki Women’s Shelter Office, Home Love and Mette K or The Virtue.

Graham says he is looking forward to an exciting event.

“I have a feeling that they have gone out of their way to make this a very successful event, so bring people together. It will be a great opportunity – and I can’t think of a better beneficiary than the Taranaki Women’s Refuge.”


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