Art of Music, Sydney's most unique and dynamic fundraising event, is presented by Jenny Morris to raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.  

From the overwhelming success of the inaugural event 10 years ago, Art of Music has become one of the most anticipated events on the calendar and 2016 did not disappoint!

The gala dinner was held on Saturday 18 June, 2016 in the spectacular setting of the Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  

The crowd was treated to intimate performances which highlighted the works of art on display: Stan Yarramunua, Megan Washington, Bertie Blackman, Jonathan Zwartz, Prinnie Stevens and to close the show Bernard Fanning.  

Spotted amongst the crowd were Simon Baker, Hugo Weaving, Justine Clarke, Craig Hall, Sara Wiseman, Iva Davies, Rebecca Rigg, Melissa Doyle plus plenty more.  It was the who's who of music, entertainment and art in Australia!  

Also in attendance were the artists themselves:  Lucy Culliton, Nicholas Harding, Laura Jones, Guy Maestri, Michael Muir, Ben Quilty, Alex Seton and Stan Yarramuna.  Plus a few special guest artists Leslie Rice and Luke Sciberras.  

As well as the artwork, there was a Prada Galleria Saffiano leather handbag valued at $3,000 up for grabs as well as a business class package to LAX flying Virgin Australia and limited edition artwork prints.   

Jenny Morris, Art of Music founder:  "Music therapy and its promotion is a passion of mine.  It is powerful and it changes lives.  I am incredibly proud to see how the Art of Music events have gone from strength to strength over the past 10 years and to see them raise over a million dollars (and still counting) for music therapy.  Art of Music relies on the generosity of the artists and musicians, to whom I am eternally grateful.  It blows me away every time to see how readily they agree to support the cause.  Sit back and enjoy the artistry, and at the same time know you are helping to raise much needed funds to support Nordoff-Robbins and their vital work in the community”  


 Artists who presented works for the 2016 auction were:

lucy culliton

Inspiration:  Pony, by Kasey Chambers



Oil on canvas

110 x 91cm

Born in Sydney in 1966, Lucy Culliton worked first as a graphic designer before graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts from the National Art School, Sydney in 1996. Lucy is a highly accomplished painter and her sophisticated use of texture and colour renders her subjects with a sensory potency that brings a sense of appreciation to even the most modest of subjects. 

Lucy has held eight solo exhibitions and has been awarded several prizes for her work, including the Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize in 2006 and the Mosman Art Prize for Painting in 2000. She has been a finalist in the Archibald, the Sulman and the Wynne prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Dobell Prize. Her work is represented in  collections of the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra, as well as many private collections.  Lucy lives and works in Bibbenluke, NSW.  


Inspiration:  Surfing With a Spoon, by Midnight Oil


Surfing With a Spoon

Oil on linen

138 x 138cm

Nicholas Harding was born in 1956 in the UK, and came to Australia in 1965.  Nicholas has been an Archibald finalist every year from 1994-2009 and he won it in 2001 with a painting of actor John Bell as King Lear. He was commended in 1998 for his portrait of Margaret Olley and Highly Commended for his portrait of Bob Dickerson, ‘Bob’s Daily Swim’ which won the People’s Choice Award in 2005. Since 1981,

Nicholas has been included in numerous group shows, including the Dobell Drawing Prize (winning in 2001), the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Award (joint winner in 1994). He has exhibited in London and has had regular solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. He received a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Art in 2003 and won the Kilgour Prize in 2006.


Inspiration:  How Much Does Your Love Cost?, by Thelma Plum


How Much Does Your Love Cost?

Oil on linen

152 x 122cm

Born in Sydney in 1982, Laura completed a Master of Art, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts Asian Studies, University of Sydney in 2003.  Laura's group exhibitions include; Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Carriageworks; NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament; Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Moran House; Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio and; The Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery.  Laura has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2011 with her latest being 'Wildflower' at Olsen Irwin Gallery in 2016.

Laura's residencies include Printmaking at Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos Island, Greece and Drawing Marathon, New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, New York, USA.  In 2007 Laura was awarded The Young Emerging Artists' Award, Mosman Art Prize and since then has been a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize, Bertt Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Salon des Refuses, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize and the Kogarah Art Prize.  


Inspiration:  Dead Fox, by Courtney Barnett


Dead Fox

Oil on linen

102 x 122cm

Guy Maestri completed B.F.A Honours Painting at National Art School, Sydney in 2002.  His collections include National Portrait Gallery, Macquarie Bank and Parliament House.  Since 2001 Guy has had regular solo and group exhibitions including the Brett Whitely Traveling Art Scholarship in 2002, 2003 and 2004 with Highly Commended in 2002, the Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2007 & 2008, the Paddington Art Prize, the Melbourne Art Fair, the Mosman Art Prize and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.  

In 2009, Guy was the winner of the Archibald Prize and in 2011 the winner of Commendation Prize, Mosman Art Prize.  In 2012 Guy was a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize and Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and a winner of the COFA Print Making Award (Paddington Art Prize).  In 2013 Guy was a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize and winner of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament House.  In 2014 Guy was a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize and winner of the Kings School Art Prize.  


Inspiration:  The Sea, by Jonathan Zwartz


Oil on canvas

80 x 80cm

Born in Chertsey, United Kingdom in 1958, Tim lives and works in Sydney Australia, France and the UK.  In 1985 he studied at the Kunstakadamie Dusseldorf and in 1984 he studied painting at both Sydney College of the Arts and The City Art Institute.  

His work is held in numerous private and corporate collections both overseas and in Australia.  Public collections include the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.  Tim is the winner of numerous awards including the Moet & Chandon Australian Art Fellowship, 1993 and the Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales.


Inspiration:  Orleans Stomp, by The Cruel Sea


Orleans Stomp

Oil on linen

137 x 122cm

Born in 1975 in Kilmarnock, Scotland, Michael arrived in Australia in 1981 and lives and works in Sydney. With an emphasis on colour and natural light, Michael's painted works explore the notion of a fusion between representation and abstraction.  

Michael won the Mosman Art Prize in 2014 and has been a finalist in numerous major art awards including the Wynne Prize, Sulman Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize, Metro Art Award and the Fleurie Prize for landscape.  Michael has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally.  His works are held in public collections with Artbank, Harbour City Estates Hong Kong, Macquarie Group, Mosman Municipal Council and the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.  


Jenny Morris portrait


Oil on linen

130 x 110cm

Ben Quilty was born in Sydney in 1973 currently lives and works in Robertson, NSW.  Ben was a finalist in the 2006 Archibald Prize for his portrait of artist Adam Cullen. He was a finalist in the 2004 Archibald and Wynne Prizes and in 2005 was an Archibald finalist with his portrait of Beryl Whitely, mother of the late Brett Whitely and founder and patron of the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship, which Quilty won in 2002.

Ben has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia as well as completing residencies in Hill End, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Barcelona. In 2009 Ben was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, in 2011 won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of Margaret Olley, in 2012 was a finalist in the Archibald Prize and in 2014 was awarded the Prudential Eye Award (both overall & painting) in Singapore.

joan ross

Inspiration:  Fool, by Sarah Blasko



Digital print on rag paper

60 x 90cm

Joan holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, City Art Institute UNSW 1985 and Masters of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts UNSW 2012.  

Joan has exhibited in contemporary galleries, regional, state and the National Gallery as well as exhibiting internationally.  Joan has works held in major private collections in Australia, China and the United Kingdom.  Joan's corporate and public collections include; National Gallery of Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney; University of Wollongong; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Gold Coast Regional Gallery; Newcastle Regional Art Gallery; Artbank; University of Sydney; Macquarie Group Collection and; City of Sydney.


Inspiration:  Break in the Weather, by Jenny Morris


Break in the Weather

Carrara marble

30 x 30 x 30cm

Alex Seton is a Sydney based artist who graduated from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 1998. He has exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions and has exhibited at the last five Art Basel, Hong Kong and Art HK fairs.  Alex's solo shows include 'Elegy on Resistance' at Art HK in 2012 and 'As of Today, Australian War Memorial' Canberra 2014-2015.  Alex's most recent international solo show 'The Journey' was shown at Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris in 2015.  

Alex's work is held in numerous public and private collections including; the Art Gallery of New South Wales Society, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; ArtBank; Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Danish Royal Art Collection Denmark; Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle; Patrick Corrigan Collection, National Art Gallery of Australia and; the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.  In 2014 Alex was granted the inaugural Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence, Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah.

christian thompson

Inspiration:  Sleeping Beauty, Divinyls


Sleeping Beauty

C Type Print on Fuji Pearl Metallic Paper

100 x 100cm

Dr Christian Thompson was born in 1978 in Gawler, South Australia (Bidjara People).  In 2010 Christian made history when he became the first Aboriginal Australian to be admitted into the University of Oxford in its 900 year history.  Christian holds a; Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art), Trinity College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Master of Theatre, Amsterdam School of Arts, Das Arts, The Netherlands; Masters of Fine Art (Sculpture) RMIT University; Honours (Sculpture) RMIT University, Melbourne Australia and; a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.  

Christian has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.  His work is held in major public and private collections including; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands and; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.  




Journey for Love

The didgeridoo has been hand-crafted by Stan Yarramunua.  The goanna represents 'journey' and the turtle represents 'love'

Stan Yarramunua is the founder of Art Yarramunua Galleries in Melbourne and Daylesford.  Stan started painting over 20 years ago, he began by selling artwork at markets and galleries.  Soon after he began representing other artists with didgeridoos, boomerangs, clap sticks and paintings.  

After years of markets and exhibitions, it became apparent that he needed a gallery to house and exhibit the fine artwork of the artists he was representing.  In 2008, Stan was proud to open Art Yarramunua in Melbourne and then in 2011 opened a country cousin gallery in Daylesford.  Art Yarramunua now represents numerous major indigenous artists including Tommy Watson, Jean Burke and Kuddtjil.  Stan has also created the Yarramunua Foundation, which aims to provide positive role models so young aboriginal people can develop pride and gain strength in themselves and their culture. 

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