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Indigenous Art up for Auction at Bond University

Bond University will play host to the who’s who of the Gold Coast at the annual Indigenous Art Auction on September 22, 2012.

The auction, which last year raised more than $70 000, will see more than 50 exquisite Indigenous art pieces available to the highest bidder.

The artwork, generously donated by various indigenous artists and galleries, will showcase an extraordinary collection of works from some of Australia’s renowned indigenous artists including Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Wakartu Cory Surprise and Dennis Nona.

Patron of the event and Gold Coast City Gallery Committee Chairman Dr Pat Corrigan AM said he was pleased to support this event as proceeds raised would help to further establish programs to better support the Indigenous community at Bond University.

“The University has launched a range of support programs and scholarships to allow more Indigenous students to successfully complete their high school and tertiary education,” said Dr Corrigan.

“The funds raised at the auction will be used to sustain Indigenous scholarships and provide support to the community on campus in order to ensure students have the best opportunity to succeed.”

“We have another exceptional range of artworks up for auction this year and this is a fantastic opportunity for the Gold Coast community to get behind a really great cause,” said Dr Corrigan.

This year Bond University opened the Nyombil Centre which provides a dedicated space for Bond’s Indigenous community.

The Centre offers the services of an Indigenous Cultural Support Officer who assists Bond's Indigenous students with the unique challenges that they may face in moving from remote communities and undertaking the new challenge of university study.

With support from ISS Facility Services and other businesses, auction guests will be treated to a gourmet three-course meal and entertainment. The evening will include a silent auction with prizes including travel vouchers, sports memorabilia and other unique prizes.

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