Get ready to level up your art collection for a good cause with the Art for Epilepsy auction opening today!
Now in its third year, Art for Epilepsy is an online art auction that sees artists from around the country donate original works that incorporate the colour purple – the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy awareness – with all proceeds going to support the work of Epilepsy Action Australia. Donated pieces come from a broad spectrum of visual art disciplines, and include intricate illustrations, detailed portraits, enormous abstracts, eye-catching photography and even some examples of digital art!
While for some artists, embracing the colour purple may be challenging, but for Art for Epilepsy’s 2018 Ambassador, world-renowned Melbourne abstract artist Kirsten Jackson, it felt completely natural.
“I adore bright colours in my work,” explained Kirsten, “I can’t bear to produce anything that’s dull or understated! I’m known for my vibrant, colourful designs, so incorporating some purple into the piece I’m donating was easy.”
Kirsten, who is participating in Art for Epilepsy in honour of her late sister-in-law who had epilepsy, is excited to be involved in this year’s auction, saying, “Art for Epilepsy is a wonderful way to shine a spotlight on epilepsy, and to help raise funds for the valuable programs and services offered by Epilepsy Action.”
Carol Ireland, CEO of Epilepsy Action, said, “There are currently around 250,000 people with epilepsy in Australia who are in need of specialist services. Our mission is to enable people living with epilepsy to unlock their true potential, manage their condition more effectively, and to ultimately lead happier lives. Art for Epilepsy plays an important role in helping us to raise enough funds to be able to continue doing that effectively.”
Epilepsy Action is the largest provider of education and support services for children and adults with epilepsy across Australia. Funds raised from Art for Epilepsy will go towards supporting vital and life changing programs including Ted-E-Bear Connection, MyEpilepsyKey and the Epilepsy Action Online Academy.
The first two Art for Epilepsy auctions raised a combined $80,000 for Epilepsy Action, and the organisation hopes that this year will be the biggest and best yet.
“We are amazed at the magnificent pieces being donated by these fabulous artists,” continued Carol, “the collection has to be seen to be believed. This year we have more artists involved and more artworks available for auction than ever before, with pieces starting from $50, right up to many thousands of dollars. For art-lovers across Australia, it’s an opportunity not to be missed!”
Bidding will begin at 9:00am on Tuesday, 1 May, and will be closing at 9:00pm on Thursday, 31 May.
For more info, click here, and start your bidding!