Broome’s premier art event, the Environs Kimberley Annual Art Auction, was a great success this year, raising much needed funds for the region’s peak conservation group.

The Auction is now online as well, running till Sunday 2 July.

“Our feel-good fundraiser always offers a genuine Broome atmosphere, in large part because the community comes together to make the night a success,” said Environs Kimberley’s CEO, Andrew Batt.

Enjoying the art in the silent auction

Enjoying the many creative pieces in our silent auction. Photo: Anomie 

“There was music and song from outstanding local talent Jamie Jackett, Bex Youdale and Amber Hurley – who had to rush off to the Cabaret after performing for us.”

Besides bidding at the auction, there were other ways to win, Broome Whale Watching kindly donated a prize of a Roebuck Bay Eco Tour for new members, and our Art Raffle fundraiser offered a beautiful painting by gifted artist, Nancy Tjungupi Carnegie – won by Margaret Matthews.

The EK cake stall with its home-baked goodness was, as always, popular. We have some fantastic bakers in our community!

Volunteers serving delicious home baked goodness

Many volunteers serving up home-baked goodness, thanks to the fantastic bakers of the EK community. Photo: Anomie

With Shane Hughes as MC and Chris Maher our indefatigable auctioneer, the night was in good hands, and fierce bidding on several well-known artists’ work was all part of the fun.

Most of the Kimberley galleries have artists represented at the auction – there’s still the opportunity to buy a piece of the Kimberley online.

“The art auction is such a great event for the arts and conservation in the Kimberley. We couldn’t do it without the volunteers and staff, who do an enormous amount of work to pull it all together, and of course, all those who bid on the art – we thank them all,” Mr Batt said.

White Glove Volunteer Sid taking Amelia Jajko's stunning piece to stage for auction ahead of fierce bidding

White Glove Volunteer Sid taking Amelia Jajko's stunning piece to stage for auction ahead of fierce bidding. Photo: Anomie 

The money raised goes directly to Kimberley artists and Art Centres, with a percentage retained by Environs Kimberley for its conservation work. Artists choose the amount they wish EK to receive.

Online Art Auction runs until 2 July. View artwork here.

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