Art goes on auction

2007-12-11 00:00

THE Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag)’s fundraising project that involved the recent auction at Cannon’s Auctioneers in Hilton raised R70 000 for the organisation.

Initially, the aim was to submit 100 items for auction on behalf of Tatham Art Gallery well-wishers. However, more than double that number of people responded and took items in to be sold.

In some cases, the total amount was to be donated to Fotag, while in others, the auctioneers donated half of their usual commission to the organisation.

“We are overjoyed at the success of the project,” says Fotag’s Kobie Venter.

“We are very grateful to David Cannon for agreeing to join us and to the number of people — more than we expected — who brought in items to be sold in aid of Fotag.”

The top three items sold as part of the fundraising effort were a John Muafangejo etching that sold for R29 000, the 32 painted chairs from the Coffee Shop, which raised R20 800, and an Edith King watercolour that fetched R16 000.

At a Fotag meeting following the auction, the committee was adamant that the money should be used solely for buying works for the gallery’s collection.

The Tatham has an acquisitions committee which works with gallery director Brendan Bell to decide what should be bought, but, inevitably, they cannot always afford pieces that they want.

Now Fotag can play a valuable role in helping to prevent artworks that become available from slipping away from the Tatham because of a lack of funds.

“The whole project was great fun and a success, and would be well worth repeating in the future,” says Venter.

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