Artists raise funds for Japan disaster relief

Michael Vale's 'The Cheat'

The Cheat by Michael Vale

Opening Monday 4 July, the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University will present The gravity of the situation, a fundraising exhibition for the Japanese disaster relief effort, which will include works for purchase from some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.

Advance preview purchases of all artwork will be available to visitors at the opening event. All proceeds will go to the CARE Australia Japanese disaster relief fund, and will assist with the recovery efforts of the Japanese people who have been affected by this recent tragedy.

Warren Fithie, Project Curator and contributing artist, explained that the Faculty of Art & Design has many connections with Japan and its art and culture.

“Many people have lost everything in the disaster and of major concern is the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in this situation, the children and the elderly.”

“This exhibition will showcase a series of works by Monash-affiliated artists, staff and alumni who have been affected by this recent tragedy. The funds raised from the sale of the art works will help create a new future for the people of Japan as they rebuild their lives.”

The gravity of the situation will consist of a limited edition (five per artist) run of A2 prints created by artists associated with the Faculty of Art & Design. The prints and a number of boxed sets containing all 30 works in the exhibition will be available for purchase on opening night, and online at thereafter.

Featured artists: Brook Andrew, Siri Hayes, Stephen Garrett, Kit Wise, Warren Fithie, Kristian Haggblom, Louis Porter, David Rosetzky, Joel Zika, Antonietta Covino-Beehre, Jacqueline Felstead, Georgia Metaxas, Troy Innocent, Lily Hibberd, Michael Bullock, Eiichi Tosaki, Autumn Tansey, Peta Clancy, Michael Vale, Ken Smith, Marian Crawford, Tom Nicholson, Euan Heng, Spiros Panigirakis, Jessie Imam, Susan Jacobs, Leslie Eastman, Cate Consandine, Claudia Terstappen, Midori Mitamura.

Exhibition supporters: Design to Print, Epson Australia, Kayell Australia, Pina Zangaro, R.A. Printing Pty Ltd, Zetta Florence

About the Faculty Gallery

 The Faculty Gallery showcases a diverse range of exhibitions, addressing the local, national and international visual arts and design scene through a wide range of media including painting, tapestry, printmedia, ceramics, jewellery, photomedia, industrial design, digital media and installation.

With a focus also on presenting visual art and design as the outcome of research, the work of academic staff, research candidates and the Visiting Artist Program may feature in the Faculty Gallery programming, and may also be housed in additional exhibition spaces located within the Faculty of Art & Design.

The gravity of the situation will be on display from 4 – 19 July 2011 at the Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield campus. 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, 12-5pm Saturday.