In an extraordinary show of respect for animals, 22 of Australia’s top contemporary artists will participate in Voices of Art 3, the annual fundraiser for Voiceless, the animal protection institute.
Now in its third year, Voices of Art 3: For the Love of Animals takes as its theme the role that animals play in all of our lives.
The exhibition features painting, drawing, digital photography, sculpture and ceramics from some of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists including Shaun Gladwell, Janet Laurence, Peter Tyndall, Jonathan Delafield Cook, Louise Hearman, Sam Jinks, Michael Zavros and many more.
Shaun Gladwell said, "I have always been a great supporter of Voiceless. I share its aims and concerns through my own art practice. I'm keen to support an organisation that speaks up and rallies against animal injustice.”
Voices of Art 3 is by turns, playful, tragic, touching and elegiac as the artists celebrate the curious and silent contract that exists between humans and our fellow inhabitants of planet Earth.
Mark Hughes, art advisor and former Director of the Gallerie Lelong in New York, has curated Voices of Art 3 with all the artists generously contributing works across several media and whole heartedly embracing this year’s animal theme.
Dr Gene Sherman AM, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) Director and Voiceless Council Chair, says: “This show and event bring together my own and our family’s great passions. The art is top tier and the funds raised will go directly to animal protection.”
Artist Janet Laurence, whose immersive exhibition, After Eden, currently fills the SCAF gallery, said of her long-time vision “The planet is currently balanced at a precarious evolutionary moment; flora and fauna are falling victim to mankind’s voracious appetite for ‘resources’. We need to pause for just a moment to remember the plight of other species, before all we have left are curious museum sterile specimens.”
The Hon. Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney and deeply committed Voiceless supporter, will address the audience at the exhibition opening and draw two Gold Prize winning tickets from a barrel. Prizes include a portrait by artist Adam Chang, five-time Archibald finalist and 2011 winner of the Archibald People’s Choice Prize; and a luxurious trip for two to the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair, including return business class flights from Sydney (or equivalent), and two nights’ accommodation and breakfast in a suite at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.
Gold ticket holders will receive exclusive access to privately view the exhibition and purchase works from 20th April, two weeks prior to the exhibition opening. Much of the sales proceeds will be donated to Voiceless (see percentage for each artwork).
Voices of Art 3 promises to bring together leading Australians in celebration of our fellow sentient beings. Last year’s event was attended by eminent Voiceless supporters such as fashion designer Akira Isogawa, neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo AM and Academy Award winning producer Emile Sherman.
Voices of Art 3 will be held on Thursday 3rd May from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16 – 20 Goodhope St., Paddington, Sydney 2021. The exhibition can also be viewed online at voiceless.org.au/voa3 Original music will be performed on the night by Jane Walker who will share songs from her acclaimed debut album, 'Walk Gently'.