NEPALESE women’s artwork, created in the aftermath of the country’s devastating earthquake, will be the centrepiece of an upcoming Hunter exhibition, which aims to raise funds to help rebuild the developing nation.
The six women’s 12 works will be on display at Hamilton’s Gallery 139 as part of the Artists For Nepal exhibition, which will also feature about 40 donated works from 30 artists from the Hunter, Australia and as far away as Stuttgart.
Kahibah artist Ben Kenning came up with the idea for the exhibition after attending a Newcastle For Nepal fundraising film night in June and meeting one of the organisation’s founders, Justin Bergholcs.
‘‘I’m an artist myself and know lots of artists from within the community and having those sorts of relationships I thought, this is something I can do to help raise funds,’’ Mr Kenning said.
‘‘Most artists have multiple works around and are generous sorts of people, so this is putting those two things together and helping them make a difference.
‘‘In the end, we had so many people wanting to participate we had to turn some away.
‘‘It’s very rare to have this mix of local, national and international artists altogether in one curated exhibition.’’
The works, which include photography, mixed media, paintings and sculptures, will be photographed and posted on Newcastle For Nepal’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Mr Bergholcs said viewers would be asked to post their bid under photographs of the works, similar to a silent auction.
All funds raised will be added to the $12,500 the organisation has already sent to the Mitrataa Foundation, which is empowering and educating Nepali women and children helping with the relief effort.
The foundation recently supplied materials for bamboo shelters and trained people to construct the structures and pass their skills on to others.
The exhibition opening is 2pm to 4pm Sunday August 23 at Gallery 139, Beaumont Street, Hamilton. The gallery is open 10am to 4pm from Sunday to Tuesday. Online bidding will end 4pm on Tuesday. facebook.com/newcastlefornepal. Instagram: newcastle4nepal