Words: Erin Irwin
Firstdraft, one of Australia’s longest running artist-led organisations, is set to host it’s 11th auction.
The annual Firstdraft Auction features art donated by many of Australia’s most noteworthy artists, allowing them to support emerging and experimental artists while providing an exceptional opportunity for collectors to acquire collectable pieces for a good cause.
Due to current circumstances, this year’s auction will be the first to be hosted entirely online. Additionally, in recognition of the difficulties affecting the art world at the moment, Firstdraft has doubled artist commissions to 50 per cent.
Half of the sale will go to the donor artists, and half will go to Firstdraft to be used to support the arts community and continue their exhibitions.
This year, featured artists include: Abdul Abdullah, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Aida Azin, Amber Boardman, Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, Amrita Hepi, Anna Carey, Anna May Kirk, Anne Zahalka, Anthony Hodgkinson, Ara Dolatian, Belem Lett, Blake Lawrence, Brendan Van Hek, Bruno Booth, Chris Dolman, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Clara Adolphs, Clare Thackway, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Dane Lovett, Dean Cross, Dylan Batty, Emily Hunt, Emily Parsons-Lord, Emma Finneran, Genevieve Felix Reynolds, Glenn Barkley, Gregory Hodge, Hayley Millar-Baker, Heath Franco, James Lieutenant, Jason Phu, Jayanto Damanik Tan, JD Reforma, Jesse Rye, Joan Ross, Jodie Whalen, Jonny Niesche, Kai Wasikowski, Kate Mitchell, Kate Vassallo, Ken Done, Kevin Diallo, Kalanjay Dhir, Kieran Bryant, Leyla Stevens, Lisa Sammut, Louise Zhang, Marikit Santiago, Mason Kimber, Matt Bromhead, Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Mitch Cairns, Nabilah Nordin, Nadia Hernández, Nadia Odlum, Nancy Constandelia, Nathan Beard, Neil Beedie, Nick Modrzewski, Noel McKenna, SLIPPAGE, Raquel Caballero, Rat Bedlington, Rebecca Gallo, Rebecca Selleck, Reko Rennie, Roberta Joy Rich, Rochelle Haley, Rosie Deacon, Sam Doctor, Sam Leach, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Sarah Brasier, Sarah Edmondson, Seth Diego Birchall, Shivanjani Lal, Sidney McMahon, Simon Gardam, Sophie Penkethman-Young, Talia Smith, Tara Marynowsky, Tarik Ahlip, Teelah George, Tim Silver, Tina Havelock Stevens, Tom Blake, Tom Polo, Tony Albert, Tully Arnot, TV Moore and Zoe Wong.
This year’s auction will take place from Thursday 17 to Sunday 27 September 2020.
For more information on the auction, sign up for Firstdraft’s auction mailing list here.
Image: Documenting artist Bruno Booth’s donation to the 2020 Firstdraft Auction, 2020. Courtesy: the artist, Zan Wimberley and Firstdraft.