The crowd was lined up around the block. For the first time in DVSA history, our Live Auction Night was a complete sell out, such was the fervour to bid on artwork during last year’s Art Auction finale. We tallied another record attendance, raised more record funds and made the biggest payout to our contributing artists ever.
We plan to keep the momentum going on April 4, 2019 when we kick off our 49th edition. Please consider showing your support by submitting artwork to our most important fundraising event of the year.
Now recognized as the largest art auction in the Hamilton-Wentworth region, last year’s event raised over $329,000 – once again exceeding the previous year’s record. Our auction studios were packed (and we mean packed!) with inspired artwork and thousands of art buyers, many of them new to the auction experience. The funds raised from the success of these three days enables the School to continue fulfilling its mission of championing creativity and offering high quality and accessible visual arts programming for our students.
This year, the marquee Live Auction Night will be held on April 6, 2019 with previews on April 4, 5, and 6. May we count on your support? If so, all information about submitting artwork, including contracts and submission guidelines, is included here in our Artist Submission Package. Submitted pieces may be a full donation or you may choose to have 25% or 50% of the selling price returned to you and receive a tax receipt for the amount donated to the school (with a minimum value of $20 per item).
As you know, it is impossible for non-profit organizations to mount such ambitious fundraising events as the Annual Art Auction without a strong base of support and generosity from the artist community. We sincerely hope you will consider making a submission and thank you in advance for your ongoing support of this signature event.
Director of Advancement, DVSA