Compassionate Voices is a unique exhibition celebrating animals, art and creativity.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Voiceless, the animal protection institute; Koskela – Australian furniture and homeware designers, and a collection of 31 innovative Australian artists and designers united by their vision of a world where animals are treated with compassion and respect.
Opening night of Compassionate Voices will be a special evening of art, advocacy and creativity in support of Voiceless. Held on 14 August, the gala evening will feature Dr Charlie Teo AM as master of ceremonies, Christie's auctioneer Ronan Sulich, a live performance from breakout stars James Draper and Jordan Brady of the band Winterbourne, a children’s craft workshop and delicious vegan cuisine from Kitchen by Mike.
Curated by Liane Rossler, and part of Sydney Design, a cutting-edge design festival produced and managed by the Powerhouse Museum, the exhibition will feature artwork and design objects spanning multiple disciplines and a specially commissioned centrepiece by sculptor, Anna-Wili Highfield. All works are available for purchase and will be displayed from 9 August to 7 September at Koskela’s Rosebery exhibition space.
Interested artwork buyers who are unable to attend opening night will be able to bid via mobile devices or the web, while a live auction of selected artworks will also be held on the opening night.
Sasha Titchkosky is director and co-owner, Koskela. Sasha created Koskela in 2000 with her partner Russel Koskela, filling a perceived gap in the Australian market for locally made furniture that suited a modern environment, but was neither cold nor overly fussy. Koskela works with Australian artisans and manufacturers, following a strong ethical belief that great design can be used to effect social change.
Dr Charlie Teo AM is an internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon and a pioneer in keyhole minimally invasive techniques. Currently Director of The Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Charlie dedicates 3 months every year to pro bono work in developing countries. In 2003 he founded the Cure for Life Foundation. He and his wife Genevieve have been members of the Voiceless Council since 2009.