ART of music 2012


Jenny Morris and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy are thrilled to announce that the 2012 Art of Music charity dinner and art auction, held on Saturday 02 June 2012 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, broke all previous fundraising records.  The total amount raised at this event to date is now ONE MILLION dollars NET.  

The star-studded event featured performances by: multi ARIA award winning "it" girl, Megan Washington / Rai Thistlethwaite / Amanda Brown (The Go Betweens) and Jonathan Zwartz / Mental as Anything featuring Reg Mombassa, Peter O'Doherty and Martin Plaza, with Neil Finn on drums.  There was even an impromptu performance of This is Australia by GANGgajang's Mark Callaghan.  Hosted by Jonathan Biggins, Attendees also included Jenny Morris, Iva Davies, Bryan Brown, George Gregan, Josh Pyke, Jono & Dano, Les Gock plus the artists themselves.

All proceeds from the gala dinner go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy who transform lives through music.  


Artists who are presented artwork for the 2012 auction were: Lucy CullitonNicholas HardingEuan MacleodGuy MaestriAmanda MarburgJames PowditchBen QuiltyLuke SciberrasAlex Seton and Peter Sharp. Also amongst the works was a Peter O'Doherty which was proudly presented as a major raffle prize. 


Inspiration: Nips Are Getting Bigger by Mental as Anything.


Nips Are Getting Bigger

Dimensions: 80 x 120cm

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. Culliton 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 for even the most modest of subjects. Common motifs range from roosters, shells, crockery, cups and saucers, knitted toys and cacti to animal and prize displays at local shows. Of these familiar but often overlooked subjects, Culliton has stated "I like to paint the ordinary and make it important".

Culliton has held eight solo exhibitions and she 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. Lucy Culliton is represented by Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney.


Inspiration: Underground by Megan Washington



Dimensions: 102 x 107cm

Nicholas Harding was an Archibald finalist every year from 1994-2009. 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 Harding 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, was highly commended and Peoples Choice in the 2005 Archibald prize and won the Kilgour Prize in 2006.


Inspiration: My Island Home by Neil Murray


My Island Home

Dimensions: 100 x 124cm

Euan Macleod was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1956. He attained a Diploma of Fine Arts (Painting) in 1979, and moved to Sydney in 1981. He has had over 50 solo shows in Australia and New Zealand and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. His work is represented in many private and public collections, including Te Papa Museum, New Zealand, the National Gallery of Australia, the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the New Parliament House Collection. His work has also been purchased for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Hamilton, N.Z. He has won a number of prizes including the Archibald Prize in 1999, the Sulman Prize in 2001 and the Blake Prize in 2006.

Guy Maestri

Inspiration: Foggy Highway by Paul Kelly


Foggy Highway

Dimensions: 168 x 124cm

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 2001 the winner of Commendation Prize, Mosman Art Prize.

 Amanda Marburg

Inspiration: Lee Remick by The Go-Betweens


Foggy Highway

Dimensions: 56 x 76cm

Amanda Marburg was born in Melbourne in 1976. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999 and an Associate Diploma of Visual Art (Painting) at the Western Metropolitan College of TAFE in Melbourne in 1996. Amanda has participated in numerous solo exhibitions, collaborations and group exhibitions since 2000. She has also won awards such as Art & Australia’s ANZ Private Bank Emerging Artist Program in 2005, the Roger Kemp Memorial Award in 1999, Five in 2001 from the Span Gallery, Melbourne and she was a finalist in the 2011 Archibald Prize.

Amanda Marburg has chosen Lee Remick by The Go-Betweens as the inspiration behind her artwork


Peter o'doherty

This artwork is offered as one of the major raffle prizes


Empty Flats

Dimensions: 46 x 46cm

Peter O'Doherty was born in New Zealand in 1958 and immigrated with his family to Australia in the late 60's. In 1977 he joined his older brother Reg Mombassa's art school rock band Mental As Anything as bass player. The group at one stage held the record for the most Top 40 hits of any Australian band. Over more than 2 decades of touring and 9 studio albums, Peter's songwriting contributions to the 'Mentals' albums included 'Berserk Warriors', 'Brain Brain', 'Close Again', 'Marianne' and 'Dorothy Parker's Hair'. In 1991 Peter and his brother Reg released their first album together under the name Dog Trumpet. Simultaneously they continued touring and recording with Mental As Anything until 1999 when the brothers left that band to concentrate on Dog Trumpet and their parallel careers as visual artists. Peter has been painting and exhibiting his work for 20 years . He is represented in Sydney by King Street Gallery On William and has won the Paddington Art Prize for landscape painting, the Commendation Award at the Mosman Art Prize and twice won the Allan Gamble Prize, also connected to the Mosman Prize.

James Powditch

Inspiration: Berserk Warriors by Mental As Anything


Foggy Highway

Dimensions: 240 x 130cm

James Powditch has held solo exhibitions since 1997 and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. James has been a past finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Dobel Prize for Drawing, was selected for the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award in 2005 and has regularly appeared in the Salon de Refuses and Year in Art exhibitions. He was joint winner of the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2005 and the winner of the Mosman Art Prize in 2007. His work combines elements of sculpture, assemblage, painting and architecture and is heavily influenced by cinema history.

Ben Quilty

Inspiration: Largs Pier Hotel by Jimmy Barnes


Foggy Highway

Dimensions: 110 x 140cm

Ben Quilty 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. He has worked full-time as an artist ever since and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia as well as completing residencies in Hill End, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Barcelona. Ben Quilty won the 2011 Archibald Prize for his portrait of Margaret Olley.

Luke Sciberras

Inspiration: Sounds of Then (This is Australia) by GANGgajang


Foggy Highway

Dimensions: 168 x 124cm

Luke Sciberras is one of the most promising and successful artists of his generation.  Over the past fifteen years he has held many successful exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne . His work is predominately focused on landscape but often turns to the subjects surrounding food , cooking and the kitchen interior.  Sciberras travels regularly into the Australian landscape harvesting his abstracted images from the Tanami desert in the northern territory, to the Flinders ranges of South Australia and throughout outback New South Wales.  He carries on the enduring Australian tradition of landscape painting and enjoys the support, friendship and encouragement from his mentors such as John Olsen and Elisabeth Cummings. The paintings, drawings and prints of Luke Sciberras feature widely in private, corporate and public collections around Australia.

Alex Seton

Inspiration: Solitude is Bliss by Tame Impala


Foggy Highway

Dimensions: 35 x 25 x 25cm

Alex Seton is a Sydney based artist who graduated from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 1998. He has exhibited in numerous sculpture exhibitions over the years, including Sculpture by the Sea four times since 2002, the McClelland Sculpture Survey 05, The Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award 06, New Social Commentaries 06. Seton has participated in group shows such as Flaming Youth at the Orange Regional Gallery, international sculpture symposiums such as the 2007 Hanyu International Sculpture Cup, in Shenzhen in China, and a number of solo shows, including both 'Security Blanket' at Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, and 'Panoply' at Chalk Horse Gallery, in 2007, and Memeoid at Chalk Horse in 2008. Alex's practice has earned a growing reputation based upon producing carved marble and synthetic stone sculptures that play on optical illusion and the perception of surface. The work uses the tension and often contradiction between the traditional laborious skill of carving and use of contemporary subject matter and concerns. It is that contradiction that opens the door to questions of the nature of choice, whether it be satire of the 'monumental' to questioning the currency of political intimidation (such as in 'Panoply' 07) or personal armor (such as in 'On Hold' 08). It is in the outrageously implausible realization of concrete barriers, couches, toffee apples, beanbags and doonas, that the possible is called to account.

Peter sharp

Inspiration: Michele by Dirty Three



Dimensions: 152 x 130cm

Peter Sharp completed a Bachelor of Art Education at City Art Institute, Sydney in 1987 before graduating with a Masters of Fine Art at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts in 1992. In 1996 he was awarded the Jacaranda Drawing Prize and in the following year was granted a residency at the Cite' des Arts Internationale, Paris. His paintings have been exhibited in the Wynne Prize (1996, 2003) and Sulman Prize (1998, 2008) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as in numerous regional gallery exhibitions throughout Australia. Sharp was a finalist in the 2009 & 2010 Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Sharp's work is represented in numerous public institutions and corporate collections including the National Gallery of Australia, The Holmes a Court Collection, Artbank, The Macquarie Group Collection, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, Grafton Regional Gallery and the University of Wollongong as well as private collections in Australia and overseas.





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