In July, the Institute of Modern Art [IMA] will build host its second annual IMA Winter Gala and Silent Auction. Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2015, which raised some $80,000 for the IMA, the vibrant fundraising event supports the Institute’s mission to be Queensland’s leading independent forum for contemporary art, providing Australian and international artists with transformative opportunities for the creation of new work and wider audiences, onsite and online.
While 2015 focused on the 40-year legacy of the IMA, this year it takes inspiration from the 2016 Honourees, Tracey Moffatt AO and Richard Stringer, whose important photographic practices inform the gala’s theme of ‘photography.’ Brisbane-born Moffatt is an internationally renowned Australian Indigenous artist who works primarily in photography and video. In 2016 Moffatt was recognised in the Australia Day honours list, and in 2017 will be the first solo Indigenous artist to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. Stringer was the IMA’s official exhibition photographer for forty years, documenting the IMA’s first show in 1975, through to 2015. In 2013/14, Stringer’s images of the changing face of Brisbane were celebrated in a retrospective exhibition at Queensland Art Gallery.
As IMA’s executive directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh explain: “The IMA’s 2016 Winter Gala simultaneously honours the extraordinary achievements and contributions of visionary Queensland artists Tracey Moffatt and Richard Stringer and brings together generous patrons to fund the future of contemporary art.”
Fittingly, this year’s Silent Auction will focus on photography and the expanded field with works by Australian and International artists, including Céline Condorelli (United Kingdom), Gabriella & Silvana Mangano (Australia), Liam O’Brien (Australia), Raqs Media Collective (India), Stuart Ringholt (Australia), Tyza Stewart (Australia), Elizabeth Willing (Australia) and Luke Willis Thompson (New Zealand), with more names to be announced in the coming weeks. International bidding agency Paddle8 will play host to the silent auction.
Manuscript is pleased to announce that its editor-in-chief, Mitchell Oakley Smith, and associate editor, Alison Kubler, are this year sitting on the gala committee as ambassadors, helping to support the IMA’s vision for an innovative and inclusive future for contemporary art. For tickets and more information about supporting the IMA, visit its website.