CCP Annual Fundraiser
Rupert Myer admitted that he’d been given a very specific brief for his welcoming address: whip the crowd into a philanthropic frenzy of mayhem art buying, creating a fever of constant cash register bleeping and Eftpos machine blooping, penetrating the chatter round the Calendar cheese table. There was barely a dollar of credit left on many an art lover’s credit card, however there’s a couple of photographic editions left for you, if you get into the Centre for Contemporary Photography quick.
It was a portrait of a culturally ambitious nation, one supercharged and mobilized to realize extraordinary creative projects. Co-mingling the resources of Government, private philanthropy, business, fundraising and crowd sourcing is busy work, but it allows us to see great new art in Australia, made by great artists like Pat Brassington, Eliza Hutchison and Siri Hayes (all of whom donated beautiful prints for the annual CCP fundraiser).
Director Naomi Cass gave a welcome thanks to all artists, acknowledging that it is their generosity that subsidizes the entire sector.
I met local wine sponsors Judy and Gordon Cope-Williams from the Cope-Williams Country Estate in Romsey, Victoria.
Their wines, and the incredible cheeses supplied by Port Melbourne cheese makers Calendar, made for a most convivial soiree. And one decked out in incredible shoes.