ARt of music 2010

The 2010 Art of Music event was a spectacular affair.  Presented by Jenny Morris, it was held on Saturday 29 May 2010 in the Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  The event raised valuable funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy who use the power of music to help transform lives.  

We were treated with intimate performances from Josh Quong Tart, Jon Stevens and Robyn Loau plus to close the night The Church performed Under the Milky Way.  

Hosted by Jonathan Biggins, spotted in the crowd were Peter Garrett, Sheila E, Sam Neil, Hugo Weaving, Bryan Brown, Rachel Ward, George Gregan, Iva Davies, Melinda & Mary Schneider to name a few. 


Artists who presented artwork for auction in 2010 were: David Griggs, Nicholas Harding, Todd Hunter, Alan Jones, Robert Klippel, Euan Macleod, Amanda Marburg, Reg Mombassa, James Powditch and Ben Quilty.

David Griggs

Inspiration: Long Black Veil by Nick Cave


Long Black Veil

Dimensions: 168 x 168cm

David Griggs was born in Sydney and currently lives and works in Manila, Philippines. David completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Painting) 1999 from the University of Sydney and a Master of Fine Arts (Scultpure) at the University of New South Wales in 2007. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1996 both in Australia and internationally. He was awarded the 2003 Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship for emerging artists. Was the recipient of the Primavera Artist Prize at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Griggs has also conducted research while on artists residencies is Thailand, Philippines and Spain. This year Griggs will be one of the exhibiting artists in a major exhibition, BASTARDS OF MISREPRESENTATION (doing time on filipino time) at the FRIES MUSEUM, Berlin.


Inspiration: Distant Sun by Crowded House


Distant Sun

Dimensions: 107 x 102cm

Nicholas Harding was an Archibald finalist every year from 1994-2009. He won it in 2001 with a painting of actor John Bell as King Lear. He was commended in 1998 for his portrait of Margaret Olley and Highly Commended for his portrait of Bob Dickerson, ‘Bob’s Daily Swim’ which won the People’s Choice Award in 2005. Since 1981 Harding has been included in numerous group shows, including the Dobell Drawing Prize (winning in 2001), the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Award (joint winner in 1994). He has exhibited in London and has had regular solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. He received a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Art in 2003, was highly commended and Peoples Choice in the 2005 Archibald prize and won the Kilgour Prize in 2006.

Todd Hunter

Inspiration: Where the Wild Roses Grow by Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue


Where the Wild Roses Grow

Dimensions: 132 x 120cm

Todd Hunter was born in 1972. In 1992, he completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Griffith University and in 1986 to 1996 studied with David Paulston in Brisbane. Since 1991, Todd has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. In 1993, Todd received the Melville Haysom Scholarship at the Queensland Art Gallery, in 2000 was a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship and in 2005 was a finalist in the ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award. In 2007 and 2008, Todd was a finalist in the Kings School Art Prize, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the Tattersalls Art Prize and the Paddington Art Prize.

Alan Jones

Inspiration: Watch over me by Bernard Fanning


Watch over me

Dimensions: 175cm x 155cm

Alan completed an Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts in 1997 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000 from the National Art School, Sydney. He has held numerous group exhibitions since 1997 and solo exhibitions since 1999. He has held residencies at La Pommerie, St Setiers, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. He won the Pat Corrigan Travelling Art Scholarship in 1997 and the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2001 and 2004 (Highly Commended in 2001) as well as the Paddington Art Prize in 2008.

 Robert Klippel


Robert Klippel was born in 1920 and died in Sydney in 2001 at the age of 80. Robert stands out in Australian art, as a true innovator and is regarded as this country's premier sculptor. Throughout his career he produced some 1,300 pieces of sculpture and approximately 5,000 drawings. In 1988 Robert was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his services to art.

Euan Macleod

Inspiration: Lighthouse by The Waifs



Dimensions: 84 x 120cm

Euan Macleod was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1956. He attained a Diploma of Fine Arts (Painting) in 1979, and moved to Sydney in 1981. He has had over 50 solo shows in Australia and New Zealand and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. His work is represented in many private and public collections, including Te Papa Museum, New Zealand, the National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. He has won a number of prizes including the Archibald in 1999, the Sulman Prize in 2001 and the Blake Prize in 2006.

Amanda Marburg

Inspiration: Goodtown by Wagons



Dimensions: 76 x 56cm

Amanda Marburg was born in Melbourne in 1976. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999 and an Associate Diploma of Visual Art (Painting) at the Western Metropolitan College of TAFE in Melbourne in 1996. Amanda has participated in numerous solo exhibitions, collaborations and group exhibitions since 2000. She has also won awards such as Art & Australia’s ANZ Private Bank Emerging Artist Program in 2005, the Roger Kemp Memorial Award in 1999 and Five in 2001 from the Span Gallery, Melbourne.

Reg Mombassa

Inspiration: Dirty Creature by Split Enz


Dirty Creature

Dimensions: 51 x 70cm

Chris O’Doherty a.k.a. Reg Mombassa has a diploma of painting from the National Art School. He has exhibited at Watters Gallery since 1975, and has designed t-shirts and posters for Mambo Graphics since 1986. He was a member of Mental as Anything from 1976 to 2000 and has been a member of Dog Trumpet since 1990. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Italy and England.

James Powditch

Inspiration: Under the Milky Way by The Church


Under the Milky Way

Dimensions: 114 x 180cm

James Powditch has held solo exhibitions since 1997 and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. James has been a past finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Dobel Prize for Drawing, was selected for the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award in 2005 and has regularly appeared in the Salon de Refuses and Year in Art exhibitions. He was joint winner of the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2005 and the winner of the Mosman Art Prize in 2007. His work combines elements of sculpture, assemblage, painting and architecture and is heavily influenced by cinema history.

Ben Quilty

Inspiration: Angus Young from AC/DC


Angus Young from AC/DC

Dimensions: 146 x 185cm

Ben Quilty was a finalist in the 2006 Archibald Prize for his portrait of artist Adam Cullen. He was a finalist in the 2004 Archibald and Wynne Prizes and in 2005 was an Archibald finalist with his portrait of Beryl Whitely, mother of the late Brett Whitely and founder and patron of the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship, which Quilty won in 2002. He has worked full-time as an artist ever since and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia as well as completing residencies in Hill End, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Barcelona.





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