Car rental provider Avis raised over $15,000 at a charity auction last night for charity partners R U OK? and Cure Kids. The event saw Avis auction off the artwork from its ‘Art of Discovery’ campaign, heroing creative work from 12 local artists who this year embarked on road trips in Avis rentals across the Tasman, to inspire their artwork.
The auctioned pieces included Jacob Spokes’ take on Lightning Ridge in north-western New South Wales where he retraced his father’s footsteps as a miner, and Rachel Hirabayashi’s trip to Southland where she was inspired to capture the calmness of the landscape. Other art featured included work by Sally Willbanks and Belynda Henry, both Australia-based and New Zealand artists Angela Maritz and Kris Waldin. The highest selling piece on the night was Lake Pukaki with Aoraki/Mt Cook in the distance by New Zealand artist, Holly Zanbergen selling at $2,700.
To inspire and encourage travellers to plan their own road trip to view the scenic Australian and New Zealand landscape, the ‘Art of Discovery’ campaign allows customers to see the countries through the eyes of local contemporary artists.
Says Tom Mooney, managing director, Avis Australia: “We are thrilled with the overall success of the night and the money raised for R U OK? and Cure Kids. We look forward to working with more artists through our ‘Art of Discovery’ campaign over the next year to show the true beauty of the Australian and New Zealand landscape, and inspire more road trips around the Pacific.”
Brock Q Piper, one of the Australian artists involved in the campaign said: “It was such an honour to be a part of this very worthy campaign and work alongside Avis to create art that connects people with the Australian landscape. I’m personally so inspired by the work that R U OK? does to help so many in their personal struggles, so I am really pleased that the proceeds towards my work are going towards such a great cause.”
The donation from Avis Australia demonstrates its commitment to its charity partnerships with R U OK? and Cure Kids will add to other contributions fundraised via a range of community charity initiatives.
To own one of the pieces of art, visit the online auction which closes on the 20th October 2019 please follow this link: https://AODCharityAuction.famb.bid.
To watch Jacob Spokes on his ‘Art of Discovery’ journey, view here.
To learn more about the ‘Art of Discovery’ campaign, please visit https://www.avis.com.au/en/discover-australia/art-of-discovery.