Worldwide art auction at local gallery

Just some of the hundreds of pieces to be auctioned at Magpie Springs.
Just some of the hundreds of pieces to be auctioned at Magpie Springs.

HOPE FOREST – A unique art exhibition showcasing the talents of artists around the world will call Magpie Springs Gallery home in an effort to raise money for cancer research.

A Small World is the dream-turned-reality of Avril Thomas, Magpie Springs owner, who thought up the idea at 2am one morning.

In the first hour of promoting the event, she received 100 expressions of interest from artists all over the world wanting to participate.

Now, 200 artists have drawn, painted, and photographed to create a 4x6 piece of art to be exhibited and sold as part of the fundraiser. 

Mrs Thomas said the artists are in the “upper echelon” of creators worldwide, and the works are “highly collectable”.

“The 200 artists participating are professionals established and mid-career in their respective countries. They are known worldwide for their commitment and excellence in visual arts,” she said.

The pieces will be sold through an online auction so people from around the world have the chance to buy such high-quality pieces.

“Because these are little mementos, any of the pieces are accessible for anyone.” 

Money raised from the sale of pieces will go to cancer research through the Marilyn Jetty Swim to Cancer Council SA.

“We’re doing a small thing to hopefully do something big,” Mrs Thomas said.

Festival of Ideas SA founder Greg Mackie will officially open the show at Magpie Springs Gallery, Brookman Road, Hope Forest on November 13 at 2pm, and it will conclude on January 15.