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Baring it all for art

THE University of Wollongong’s ‘Nude Auction’, now in its eighth year, will be held on Friday September 21.

The Faculty of Creative Arts’ student-run initiative will feature an eclectic range of artworks by up-and-coming and established artists including Jelle van Den Berg, Jacky Redgate, Michael Keighery and Derek Kreckler.

Current Creative Arts students and members of the Grad Show Committee, Gill Dinh, said the event provided university students the chance to gain first-hand industry experience while also supporting local and established artists.

“The Nude Auction gives us as students and aspiring artists the opportunity to work with established local talent, while at the same time sharing a gallery space with the people who have taught and inspired us,” Dinh said.

The Nude Auction also provides students with a valuable opportunity to gain new skills by organising their own interactive event.

“You need to be extremely organised, know how to delegate jobs and really appreciate the help from everyone involved,” Dinh said.

Works will focus on the artistic tradition of the human figure or ‘nude’ and profits from the auction will go towards the Graduating Exhibition ‘Paper Planes’, which will be held in November this year.

“Paper Planes is extremely important to us all because it is the moment where our hard work is finally recognised,” Dinh said.

Paper Planes is the culmination of three years of art-making and study for students completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Visual Arts, Graphic Design or Media Arts.

The Nude Auction will present an opportunity for people to acquire an artwork, begin or expand their collection and support local students in raising funds for a great annual event.

An exhibition of the works will be on display from Monday September 17 until the auction.

Call for submissions: Artists from across the Illawarra are invited to contribute to the auction by donating ‘nude’ artworks. Submissions will be accepted on Monday September 10 between 11am and 2pm. For more details, see the Creative Arts website or contact the Faculty of Creative Arts.

Auction date and time: Friday September 21 from 12:30pm–1:30pm; Location: Cloisters Gallery, upstairs, Building 25, Faculty of Creative Arts.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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