Calling for art with heart and soul
The fifth 'Florey ArtFest, For the Love of Art' is on its way and the Florey Medical Research Foundation is appealing to emerging and established artists to donate their work to help raise funds for medical research at the University of Adelaide.
Judith Turner from the Foundation said the event, to be held in October, had become a high point on the calendar for art collectors, with a wide range of established artists, emerging talent and celebrities supporting the event by donating a work of art on a provided canvas.
"This is art collecting with a twist - each artist only signs their work on the back and buyers won't know who the artist is until the work is purchased," Ms Turner said.
"This means that people who buy art at the event have every chance of snatching a high-profile artist for their collection at a bargain price - or nabbing an emerging artist whose work attracts their attention, and only then having the mystery of the artist solved."
All works are sold for $250, with the funds raised going to support the vital work of Professor Robert Vink, Head of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and his research teams.
This research includes treatment of acute trauma to the brain and spinal cord from injury or disease, diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and dementia, and brain pharmacology.
"The funds raised go directly to the Florey Medical Research Foundation, which works in partnership with the University of Adelaide's Faculty of Health Sciences to support research and research training in the Medical School," Ms Turner said.
"The ArtFest brings together great talents and an appreciation for those talents - all for a good cause.
"It's an excellent forum for new artists to have their work viewed by more than 800 serious art collectors at the show. As well as gaining great exposure at the event, the artist will know they've also made a real difference to the future of medical research."
Ms Turner said enquiries from artists who would like to participate and donate a work are welcome.
"We provide the canvas and the artist is free to do whatever they wish," she said.
As well as established artists, prominent public figures are among those producing works for the exhibition. This year, works will be submitted by figures such as actor George Kapianaros, best known for his work in the television drama Underbelly and the RAA insurance commercials, and Ryan ("Fitzy") Fitzgerald of Big Brother fame and co-host of the Nova breakfast show in Adelaide.
Artists wanting to find out more can contact Ms Turner on (08) 8303 5211 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Florey's For the Love of Art Exhibition will be shown from Wednesday 8 October to Friday 10 October in Bonython Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus. The exhibition will be opened with a gala cocktail party at 6.30pm on Wednesday 8 October.
For more information about Medical Research visit Open Day (Sunday 17 August).