Australian photographers and artist representatives have generously donated work to Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) fundraiser exhibition, The Witching Hour, which will open Thursday May 18.
CCP is a leading contemporary art space dedicated to hosting local and international photography exhibitions, presenting seminars and workshops, and nurture artists within the local industry.
Last year both the CCP and ACP lost crucial government funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.
CCP director, Naomi Cass, told ProCounter that while it was disappointing both organisations fell victim to the cuts, ‘CCP is highly effective in generating income through a variety of sources’ – one which is fundraising.
Off the back of its successful 30 year anniversary fundraiser in July 2016, the CCP has launched a new catalogue to generate much-needed funds which will allow it run to its full potential.
Around 35 photographers donated either 80 or 100 percent of the work, with prices for the 38 prints starting at from $400.
‘Your support in purchasing work is respected and above all, vital to our ability to conjure opportunities for artists and audiences,’ Cass writes in the catalogue. ‘Photography is the central medium of the information age – reaching across all platforms – from Facebook to the nightly news, from fine art to the family snap, from advertising to the selfie, from NASA exploration to city surveillance. CCP is responsive to artists and the ever-changing nature and uses of this magical medium.’
There’s work by well-known and respected photographers up for grabs, including John Gollings, Peter Milne, Patrick Pound, Wolfgang Sievers, Vivian Cooper Smith, Christian Thompson, Hoda Afshar, James Tylor, Anne Zahalka, Siri Hayes, Cherine Fahd, Simryn Gill, and others.
Also up for auction are four different ‘art experiences’.
This first is a private tour for four of The Great Exhibition by Patrick Pound; second, a two-hour one-on-one architectural and street shoot with John Gollings in St Kilda; third, a tour for four of Drome Studio with Patricia Piccinini; fourth, a portfolio review and brunch with Naomi Cass and CCP curator, Pippa Milne.
The opening night is Thursday, May 18 from 6-8pm. It will run until Sunday, May 28.