8th May 2012

The Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO) is pleased to announce a new venue and a new date in Canberra’s cultural calendar for its highly regarded annual auction party. M16 Artspace in Griffith is the sponsoring partner for the CAPO 29 art exhibition from 31 August, and the awards night and auction party on Saturday 8 September.

“The CAPO Board looks forward to working with M16 Artspace and acknowledges the outstanding partnership it had with the National Archives of Australia from 2008 to 2011. Our annual event grew enormously with encouragement and support from the Archives and we were able to introduce a week-long program including a public exhibition,” said Neil Doody, CAPO President.

The CAPO exhibition is now a significant annual survey of the region’s leading established and emerging visual and contemporary craft artists and is free to the public. The week-long exhibition program highlights the donated artworks and incorporates floor talks from arts professionals to assist buyers in making informed investments. It culminates in the CAPO 29 Auction Party, a cocktail event with live entertainment, and live and silent auctions of the donated artworks.

CAPO is a volunteer, non-profit organisation that has supported the ACT region’s artists for 29 years through fundraising activities. Since its establishment in 1983, CAPO has disbursed over $1.8 million dollars through its Grants program to over 200 arts practitioners and organisations. CAPO awards and grants are generously supported by donations and sponsorship from the Canberra arts and business communities, and national and international organisations.

For 29 years, CAPO has held annual events to raise money for awards to artists offering financial assistance, exhibition and travel opportunities. CAPO seeks to foster the highest standards of excellence in the arts. Innovative endeavours that contribute to cultural development in Canberra and the region are encouraged. The grants are awarded to fund those proposals that will have the most significant cultural impact in the local community.

CAPO board members serve in a purely voluntary capacity: and profits from the annual fundraising event are directed to arts philanthropy through the CAPO grant program.

Eleven grants will be awarded in 2012 including: the CAPO Fellowship, the Reading Room CAPO London Exhibition Award (open to artists throughout Australia), the Singapore Airlines Travelling Grant, the Eckersley’s Materials Grant, the Capital Insurance Brokers Emerging Artist Grant, the Sage Legal Services Grant, the Workplace Research Associates Grant, the DMV Consulting Award, the National Press Club Award, the McGrath Woden Emerging Artist Award, and the Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award (sponsored by Community CPS Credit Union).

Watch this space for a call to artists and arts organisations for the CAPO 29 Awards and information about ticket sales. 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.