30 Mar 2009

Whangarei art auction raises nearly $50,000

8:05 am on 30 March 2009

An art auction in Whangarei at the weekend raised nearly $50,000 towards funding a biennial gathering of artists in the city.

The Collaborationz event draws artists and artisans from as far afield as Canada, to camp and work together for a week.

Local firms supply some materials, including steel and timber, and the resulting artworks are auctioned to fund the event.

This year's top works fetched more more than $3,000 each which Collaborationz chairman Garth Dobney says is an excellent result given the recession.