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24 July 2012

CAPO 29 Launch

29 Years of Fundraising for the Arts in the ACT

The Capital Arts Patrons Organisation (CAPO) launches its 2012 season, featuring awards for artists and an art auction and gala party for all, at Artespresso with Frank Arnold, Chair of M16 Artspace on July 24.

A volunteer non-profit organisation, CAPO supports the ACT region’s artists through an evolving annual arts program, now featuring 11 awards, a public arts program (including an art exhibition and talks), auction and gala party. Since its establishment in 1983, CAPO has disbursed over $1.8 million in arts fellowships and awards funded by auction sales and sponsorship from arts and business communities in Canberra.

In 2012, CAPO welcomes Macquarie Personal Wealth as a sponsor.

The 11 awards for artists will be announced at the annual CAPO art auction and gala on the 8th of September at M16 Artspace, Griffith.

Its most prestigious award, the CAPO Fellowship, was given to visual artist Heather Burness in 2011. Fellowship awards are based on the outstanding quality of artistic work and a project proposal.

The Reading Room CAPO London Exhibition Award is open to artists throughout Australia. CAPO awards support all art forms and mediums. Past award winners include performing artists and companies, visual artists and arts organisations, musicians, contemporary craft artists, designer-makers, filmmakers, new media artists and writers.

Fundraising is key to the extent to which CAPO can continue to increase financial and professional development support for artists. Equally important is the generosity of artists and galleries in donating artworks to the auction, highlighting the value of the relationship between artists and arts collectors, and the importance of the role of patronage in cultural life.

CAPO President, Neil Doody, says “The CAPO Board’s dedication to presenting an exciting and educational annual program is inspired by the support of the community. Each year, it sets out to increase the number of awards and the support it can give to artists. In 2010, we facilitated a new award, the Reading Room CAPO London Exhibition Award. This opened up a great international exhibition and travel opportunity for emerging artists from throughout Australia”. Canberra-born Linzie Ellis received this award in 2011 and is about to set off for London for her exhibition opening in September.”

CAPO 29 takes place on Saturday, 8 September at M16 Artspace in Griffith and will feature over 100 artworks. This annual CAPO art auction has become recognised as a significant annual survey of the region’s leading established and emerging visual and craft artists.

CAPO Patron, His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE will announce the winners of the CAPO Fellowship, the Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award and the Reading Room CAPO London Exhibition Award on the 8th of September at M16 Artspace. Representatives of sponsoring organisations are invited to present their named awards. Tickets are available from the CAPO website and office.

Media Contact:
Neil Doody 0419 422 232 Marilyn Gray 0407 512 296 or capo.arts@bigpond.com.au
Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Inc GPO Box 954, Canberra ACT 2601 www.capo.org.au

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