Countdown Begins for IMA Auction Night

Works go under the hammer for Institute of Modern Art’s Benefit Auction.

Words: Erin Irwin

The IMA Annual Gala and Benefit Auction is set for this Friday, where the works of more than 60 leading Australian artists will go up for auction to raise money for the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. This is a crucial event for the institution, which has been a key player in the contemporary art scene in Australia since its foundation in 1975. IMA is also a major driver of arts research and publications, and supports emerging and established Australian artists in their practices.

Works that are up for grabs include pieces by Tony Albert, Karen Black, Megan Cope, Diena Georgetti, Natalya Hughes, Nicolette Johnson, Fiona Lowry, Kyra Mancktelow, Sebastian Moody, Dylan Mooney, Rose Nolan, Ryan Presley, Luke Roberts, Khaled Sabsabi, Sandra Selig, Judy Watson, Jemima Wyman, Michael Zavros, and more. Participants can also choose to donate a sum of their choice, or purchase a raffle ticket which may bag them a limited edition work by Archie Moore, among other prizes.

Bidding is already fierce at the time of writing, with bids registered for almost every lot and $50,000 collected in donations. The auction will close at the Gala the evening of the 5 May.

For more information or to place a bid, visit IMA’s website here.

To read more about the Gala and their artist of honour Megan Cope, check out our previous news update here.

Updated 11 May 2023: The IMA Annual Gala and Benefit Auction has proved a roaring success. The auction has succeeded in raising $135,000 for the institution, with a large number of works receiving several bids. The works that attracted the most ferocious bidding include Nicolette Johnson‘s Fountain, Holly Anderson‘s Pool (3 hours), Tay Haggarty‘s Sun on Bare Back (Haze 1), Visaya Hoffie‘s Casinos hate this. But you are 100% allowed to do it and Miranda Hine‘s Reveal gathering denouement (Poirot s13e1).

This article was posted 2 May 2023.

Image: Tony Albert, You Wreck Me #61 (detail), 2020. Printed photographs and vintage Captain Cook ephemera on archival paper sheet, framed, 38 x 57cm. Courtesy: the artist and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.


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