Women's Centre charity art auction

More than 50 art works will be put up for sale at the North Shore Women’s Centre charity art auct

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More than 50 art works will be put up for sale at the North Shore Women’s Centre charity art auction and exhibition in September.

More than 50 art works will be put up for sale at the North Shore Women’s Centre charity art auction and exhibition in September.

Thirty-three artists including leading NZ artists Hope Gibbons, Sofia Minson, Lauryne Hart and Merle Bishop have entered the event, with 13 works going under the auctioneer’s hammer on the September 2 opening night at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna. Around 4000 women a year are assisted by the women’s centre annually.

The North Shore Women’s Centre is the only holistic service for women, by women on the North Shore.  The centre runs counselling, free legal clinic, in-home social work support and courses and a clothes exchange, centre chairman Ngaio Merrick said today.

"Many women accessing the centre are facing difficult times such as relationship or family breakdown or unemployment. Our services support them through these times. Women continue to suffer the ongoing effects of the economic recession.

"It is a delight to spend a month celebrating women’s achievements. September is especially significant for women in this country as we remember women such as Kate Sheppard who campaigned tirelessly for women to gain the vote.   September was chosen because Suffrage Day is celebrated on the 19th and because this year local body elections are due in October," she said.

Sophia Elise, manager of the New Zealand Art Guild which is organising the event, said they hoped to raise $10,000 which would help to run the centre. The exhibition runs until September 29.

Media advisory: For further information, comment, photos or interviews contact the NZ Art Guild’s Sophia Elise at 027 6301810 or Kip Brook or Word of Mouth Media NZ on 0275033855  

Photo caption: Auckland artist Tineswari Maruthamuthu with two of the works she has entered in the North Shore women’s art exhibition, opening September 2.

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Make Lemonade

27 Jul 2010

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