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Art aid for Cannery hub

Artists from around the country have banded together for the Cannery Arts Centre’s two-yearly 9×5 fundraising exhibition and auction in a bid to raise funds for the centre’s daily running costs.

For the exhibition, which begins on November 18, more than 80 Australian artists, some from as far away as North Queensland, will display donated projects that are nine by five inches in size, to be auctioned to raise money for utilities and overhead costs for the centre.

Cannery Arts Centre co-manager Shannan Gillespie said the fundraiser provided a much-needed cash boost for the not-for-profit group and the event was inspired by the Melbourne Heidelberg School of Artists.

She said the Cannery provided canvases to the artists, who donated their pieces back to be auctioned in support of the community arts centre.

“Our funds are pre-allocated already and a lot of our grant money we get is project-driven, so it doesn’t cover things like utilities, insurance and even staffing costs, so we have got to raise that money ourselves,” she said. Ms Gillespie said the centre was an essential part of the arts and culture scene in Esperance and artists involved were happy to support the initiative to keep the Cannery’s doors open.

“We certainly contribute to the vibrancy of our community and the cultural heritage of Esperance,” she said.

“To me, the Cannery is a place for creatives.

“It’s actually a physical space people can come to for the purpose of creating and looking at visual arts.”

Ms Gillespie said the exhibition would be open from November 18 with silent auctioning available.

The main auction will be held on Sunday, December 2 from 2pm.

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