Artists support Koputai Kids


West Harbour’s creative community has combined forces for an art auction to support Koputai Kids Afterschool and Holiday Programme.
Artists from around West Harbour, including Manu Berry, Russell Moses and Alan Dove, are putting work into the auction, which will be held at Port Chalmers Town Hall this Saturday night.
Artists from the broader Dunedin community will also join West Harbour’s finest with Simon Kaan, Pamela Brown and Ewan McDougall taking part.
Organiser Jessamy George expects more than 60 items of art will be auctioned on the night.
‘‘It’s amazing seeing the incredible diversity and quality of the artworks in the auction. And the community, which relies upon the afterschool programme, is very grateful to all those taking part,’’ Ms George said.
‘‘Every year, we need to fundraise to keep the afterschool programme going, to support the MSD funding which has more than halved in the last three years.
‘‘It felt like a good fit to have an art auction, in this very creative community of ours. And with more than 60 families using our service, and 12 parttime and casual employees, there certainly is a huge motivation to keep the service running,’’ she said.
As well as the high-profile artist auction, there will also be a silent auction of the children’s artwork. Local band Seafog — athree-piece from Port Chalmers — will play on the night, and a supper will be provided.
All works are available for viewing from 2pm on Saturday at Port Chalmers Town Hall. The auction starts at 7pm. The work can also be viewed on the Facebook page: Koputai Kids Art and Craft Auction.
Tickets are available through the Facebook page, or call 021 103-2757.