The art community of Canberra showed their generosity in one huge night on 04 February 2017 with an art auction at Aarwun Gallery to raise desperately needed funds for Sunrise Cambodia.
Art Gallery Director, Robert Stephens recently visited Geraldine Cox and the Sunrise kids at Kandal. The Canberra local was introduced to the cause through prominent Australian artist Robert Pengilley who has previously painted stunning portraits of Geraldine and the kids over the years. Stephens spent some of his early years in institutional care in England and connected with the need of Sunrise Cambodia straight away. After hearing their story and those of the Cambodian people, Robert knew he had to do something to help. Robert decided to host an art auction at his gallery, Aarwun Gallery, in Canberra to raise funds to continue crucial health and education programs in Cambodia.
Robert’s Aarwun Gallery art auction gathered paintings, sketches, sculptures and more from prominent local Australian artists such as Norman Lindsay, Robert Pengilley and Geoff Dyer. These pieces were auctioned off at the black tie dinner and fundraiser for Sunrise.
The full range of generous and talented artists can be viewed here.
“As a young boy I spent many years in institutional care in England. I am acutely aware of the needs of children in care and the love and dedication required to give them a better start in life.” – Robert Stephens
The evening was a huge success with over 200 people in attendance including Geraldine Cox and media personality and Victorian Senator, Derryn Hinch, who interviewed Geraldine after a three-course dinner of Canberra’s finest foods and wines.
To Stephens and every single talented and generous artist who gave their pieces for a great cause – thank you. What an incredible night. Your generosity will help change lives.
Fundraisers like Stephens are the life-blood of Sunrise – we couldn’t do the crucial work we do without generous, thoughtful and talented people such as these. If you have a fundraising idea that you’d like to share with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The stunning image on the left was painted by prominent Australian artist and Archibald finalist, Robert Pengilley, the man responsible for introducing Stephens to Sunrise in the first place. It depicts a crucial point in the life of Geraldine and the Sunrise kids, a point that Geraldine herself points to as the true beginning of Sunrise. The painting has generously been donated to Sunrise Cambodia and has been shipped to Geraldine’s house in Kandal as the first piece of Sunrise history.