Fundraising Art Auction – invest in local art

In November the Friends of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Eastern Riverina Arts are delighted to bring you an incredible opportunity. Learn about building your art collection and visit the exhibition at The Curious Rabbit, all in readiness to invest at the Fundraising Art Auction on 21 November at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery featuring works by local artists and exclusive pieces from the Romaldo Girugola Collection.

Art Auction

You are invited to join us for an exclusive fundraising art auction featuring a range of works from local artists, alongside some incredible pieces from the private collection of renowned Australian architect Romaldo ‘Aldo’ Giurgola AO.

Over 40 artworks in total will be up for grabs. There are a limited number of seats for this unique opportunity. 

Sunday 21 November
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Morrow Street, Wagga Wagga


For your bidding pleasure we will be presenting works from emerging and professional local artists, some of which have been created specifically for this event. You will also have the chance to invest in some unique pieces from the Giurgola Collection that have not been previously offered for sale.

Proceeds will support regional artists and development programs through The Friends of the Gallery and Eastern Riverina Arts.

Tickets: $10 per person (+ booking fee) – includes bidding paddle and drink on arrival.

On Exhibition Now

Come and have a sneaky preview of the range of artworks ready to be auctioned by the Friends of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and the Eastern Riverina Arts at The Curious Rabbit, 44 Johnston Street Wagga Wagga until 20 November 2021.

The Friends Collection features donated works gifted to the Friends by the Guirgola estate and a selection of donations from local artists.Eastern Riverina Arts’ A4 Arts Commission exhibition showcases the work of established and emerging artists in an A4 format.

Also on exhibition and up for auction will be two exclusive 3D pieces from our Old:NEW Exhibition – modern takes on our region’s history.

Chat to the artists about their work and make your selection for auction day.

Silent bids on a the A4 Arts Commission works may be made before the auction, with final bids taken at the auction itself on Sunday 21 November at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

All proceeds from the sale of the A4 Arts Commision Auction and the works by Bev Moxon and Ralph Tikerpae will go to the Eastern Riverina Arts Public Fund to support future art projects in our region.

Local artists: Chantelle Bruton, Colleen Whitaker, Haya Arzidin, Caroline Cattle, Derek Motion, Tanya Crawshaw, Joel Markham, Donald Huckel, Corrie Furner, Myles Pragnell, Raeleen Pfeiffer, Karen Walsh, Elaine Camlin, Brittney Hefren, Julia Roche, Zachary Buik, Nina Magrath, Yolanda O’Neill Keane, Rach Viski, Leigh Hewitt, Juanita Mclauchlan, Angela Coombs Mathews, Lorraine O’Hara, Ralph Tickerpae, Beverly Moxon, Kerri Rudd.

FEATURED WORK | A Vessel of Remembrance by Beverly Moxon
Rope, screen-printed fabrics, damask tablecloth, threads, papier- mâché Techniques: papier-mâché, screen-printing, coiling, embroidery, Boro darning / quilting stitches.
Presented for auction by Eastern Riverina Arts

In this work, Moxon has reconfigured the Willow Pattern’s narrative to detail Gundagai’s catastrophic flood of 1852. The tale of colonial hubris, loss and Wiradjuri heroism is hand-printed on painstakingly coiled cloth and embroidered to create a bowl as a gesture of remembrance. The boat of the Willow Pattern becomes the vessel of Wiradjuri men Yarri and Jacky Jacky, whose humanitarian rescue of 69 people immortalised them in local lore and our nation’s history. Willow becomes the River Red Gum whose upmost branches offered refuge from floodwaters, and the blue birds become sulphur crested Cockatoos, calling high above the broken banks of the Murrumbidgee.

The work was exhibited in Eastern Riverina Arts’ old:NEW exhibition which traveled through the region in 2020-21.
Image by Patrick Ronald.

FEATURED WORK | Boree Jack by Ralph Tikerpae
Recycled materials.
Presented for auction by Eastern Riverina Arts

There’s a feeling of unease about this sculpture. Initially the viewer recognises the classic horse substructure, together with the connected symbols of speed and elegance, then the realisation of the ‘Boree Jack’ backstory. The work attempts to capture the grim fascination with an incident at a West Wyalong racetrack in 1909 in which the racehorse impaled himself on a 14ft sapling guiderail in the reduced visibility during a dust storm. The coverage attracted global media attention. The incident was made even more ghoulish by the photograph in which men in bowler hats prop up the half-ton dead horse for a bizarre photo shoot. I have had a fascination with Boree Jack for decades.

The piece was exhibited in Eastern Riverina Arts’ old:NEW exhibition which traveled through the region in 2020-21. According to old:NEW’s curator Kate Allman, “The exhibition is about thinking about our history in the region and having a conversation about where we’ve been, where we are now and where we might be in the future.”

Image by James Farley.

Expert Advice

Are you a collector of art? Have you ever wanted to own a piece of art but didn’t know where to start? Don’t know what you like or afraid to make a mistake? Think you don’t have the money to buy real art? Or perhaps you would just like to hear from others about their passion for art.

In the lead-up to the Art Auction fundraiser, Friends of the Wagga Wagga Gallery are hosting a Collectors Panel evening – revealing what art collecting is all about and giving you the opportunity to ask questions from local collectors.

Wednesday 17 November
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Curious Rabbit, 44 Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga

Facilitated by Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Director, Dr Lee-Anne Hall
Panelists: Sally Lawrance (Private Collector), Dr Tom A. Middlemost (CSU Curator), Sam Hatzis (former Director, Gallery Savah), Catherine Stuart (Wollundry Too) 


Feature image by Julie