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Ben Quilty: Why Art Matters

When:

Wed 23 Oct 2019, 6:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Surf Club Restaurant & Bar, 23 Surf Club Road, Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour Area

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Member of the Friends: $135.00
  • Non-Member of the Friends: $150.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: shereelyons

One of Australia's most acclaimed artists, Ben Quilty, will be guest speaker at the Friends of the Gallery's gala fundraising dinner. Not afraid to speak his mind, Ben will share his thoughts on art; why it matters and the potential to enrich communities. Don’t miss this rare chance to see the brave, creative force that is Ben Quilty.

Ben Quilty: Archibald Winning Painter, War Artist & Activist

Believing in art’s capacity to drive change, Ben is a socially engaged artist whose work often responds to issues including human rights. Ben’s portrait of Margaret Olley famously won Australia's most prestigious prize, the Archibald in 2011. As an official war artist in Afghanistan, Ben was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to capture the experiences of soldiers. A Trustee of The Art Gallery of NSW, Ben also works with corporate leaders to develop the gallery’s connection with audiences.

Fine Food, Wine & Jazz:
Enjoy dining while overlooking the spectacular Solitary Islands Marine Park from the Surf Club Restaurant & Bar. A special 3-course menu featuring the region’s best produce will be complimented by fine wines, beer and soft drinks. To further stimulate the senses, Georgie Chorley will lead her trio of talented musicians to deliver their distinct blend of cool jazz and silky vocals. It’s all included in your ticket price!

All funds raised on the evening will go toward the purchase of new artworks for the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. Why not book a table of ten and celebrate the evening with your friends and colleagues.

Thanks to our sponsors: Bryant McKinnon Lawyers, Southern Cross University & Audi Bellbowrie

To become a member of the Friends of the Gallery and save on tickets while supporting the local art scene, visit Friends CHRG's website.