4 June 2012

The Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO) is a volunteer non-profit organisation that has supported the ACT region’s artists for 29 years through fundraising activity. Since its establishment in 1983, CAPO has disbursed over $1.8 million dollars through its awards program, which has assisted over 200 arts practitioners and organisations. CAPO awards are generously supported by donations and sponsorship from the Canberra arts and business communities, and national and international organisations.

CAPO has begun selling tickets to its annual arts auction party and fundraising event on Saturday 8 September at M16 Artspace in Griffith. M16 is an artist-run organisation that provides valuable visual arts infrastructure and development to artists, arts organisations and the ACT community.

Early bird prices are available until mid-August. Ticket holders also receive the exclusive 2012 edition of CAPO’s auction catalogue.

The CAPO gala fundraiser features a cocktail-style event for guests surrounded by the diverse works donated by artists from Canberra and the region, with an awards ceremony, and live and silent auctions.

“The CAPO 29 auction party will include live performances and special acts to accompany the auctions and presentation of 11 artists’ awards this year,” said CAPO President Neil Doody. “We look forward to working with M16 Artspace.”

A week-long public exhibition of the artworks for the auction is accompanied by floor talks from arts professionals, designed to assist buyers in making informed investments. The exhibition is emerging as a significant survey of the region’s leading established and emerging visual and contemporary craft artists.

The CAPO 29 Exhibition is open free of charge to all visitors to M16 Artspace from 31 August. Tickets for CAPO 29 are available securely online at www.capo.org.au with Visa or MasterCard or through the CAPO office on 02 6249 7860 for these and AMEX, Diners’ Club or other payments.

Please direct all CAPO inquiries to Marilyn Gray at the CAPO office on 02 6249 7860, mobile 0407 512 296 or visit www.capo.org.au for further information and ticket sales. Interviews and images are available.