Community News: Ninety Kiwi artists create walkable art trail to raise money for asylum seekers

Community News: Ninety Kiwi artists create walkable art trail to raise money for asylum seekers

April 26, 2017

More than 90 artists from around New Zealand are contributing to an art walk around Auckland CBD to raise money for the Asylum Seekers Support Trust. 

The inaugural event, entitled Frame Works, sees artists given a wooden picture frame to transform into a unique and desirable work of art.

Artists include sculptor Jeff Thomson, painters Evan Woodruff and Flox, and mixed media artists Anna Leyland and Peata Larkin. 

From 22 April, these frames will be displayed in shop windows in a walkable trail from Britomart to AUT through the Laneways, High Street and Lorne Street. 

Art lovers, families and the community will be encouraged to find and choose their favourite pieces, with an app and a map to help locate the artworks, learn about the artist, bid online or donate directly to the charity. 

The event will culminate with an art auction on 2 May. The frames will be sold in a gala event, by live and online auctions, with art auctioneer Charles Ninow of Bowerbank Ninow, at the Quay Project in Britomart.

This fundraiser is run by the Asylum Seekers Support Trust - a charitable organisation that advocates for and supports asylum seekers – and proceeds will be used to continue our important work with these vulnerable members of our community.

Event curator, Alix Bachmann, an experienced arts manager, has been working on the event on a mainly voluntary basis for over a year. She says the ‘frame work’ theme reflects the needs of the asylum seekers that the event is supporting: 

“For many people, and some entire social groups, the framework of their lives has suddenly disappeared because of war, a change of political regime, persecution, violence and terror. They are looking for a safe haven, a place to rebuild their lives, to re-establish their framework of home, work, family and friends.”

What: Frame Works – walkable art trail and auction

When: Art trail 22-30 April, art auction 2 May

Where: Walkable trail from Britomart to the Library through the Laneways, High Street and Lorne Street

Who: 90 artists including Jeff Thomson, Evan Woodruff, Anna Leyland and Peata Larkin. All proceeds go to the Asylum Seekers Support Trust

How: download the Frame Work app, grab a map


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