Sm-art fundraiser


Queenstown’s small St Joseph’s School is holding its large art auction fundraiser again.

About 100 artworks from sculpture and painting to photography and jewellery will be for sale at its ‘Art Evening’ next Saturday, August 18, at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.

Artists who’ve contributed include Joanna Braithwaite, Grahame Sydney, Mark Hill, FLOX, Dan Kelly, Rachael Errington, Gus Watson and Simon Morrison-Deaker.

Colourful local realtor Brendan Quill will again conduct the auction.

From the last event, in 2016, the Catholic primary school funded a music teacher, school production and smart TVs for all the classrooms.

This year it’s targeting between $20,000 and $25,000.

“We’re a small school of 139 pupils, so we’re really relying on the art lovers of Queenstown to come along and support us,” organiser/parent Rebecca Jarvis says.

“Like all schools there’s never enough money, so anything extra we can raise to go towards arts, culture and extra learning resources is a bonus.”

Students have again collaborated on class artworks that will also be auctioned.

Local sculptor Shane Woolridge, who donated Welsh slate for one work, inspired the kids with a recent talk.

“They asked some really thoughtful quest-ions,” he says.

“It’s just cool to think you might inspire a young person, and I wish I had had that when I was 13.”

Tickets, $25, are for sale at Colliers International’s Shotover Street office, and include bubbles on arrival and canapes.

For a gold coin donation there’s public viewing on the day, from 2-4pm, with the main event kicking off at 6.30pm.