More than 160 artists across Australia unite in support of epilepsy
While the Patron Saint of Love, Saint Valentine, may be synonymous with roses and chocolates, it is a lesser known fact that he is also the Patron Saint of Epilepsy. To honour this connection, more than 160 prominent and up-and-coming artists from across Australia have joined forces to raise vital funds for people living with epilepsy, donating original artworks to the online ‘Art for Epilepsy’ auction, opening on Valentine’s Day.
Close to 200 artworks will be up for auction, including beautiful water colours, vibrant abstracts, intricate illustrations and more. The auction will open for bidding on St Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 9am, and close at 9pm on International Epilepsy Awareness Day (Purple Day), 26 March. To tie in with the colour purple, the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, artists have been asked to feature a shade of purple in their artworks in some way. With a style to suit every taste, the auction is sure to be a hit with lovers and art-lovers alike this Valentine’s Day.
Celebrated Sydney artist, Mia Oatley, is an ambassador for Epilepsy Action Australia, the charity behind the auction, and says she is proud and excited to be involved in the Art for Epilepsy auction again.
“I’ve lived with epilepsy myself for over 20 years, and understand the difficulties that people affected by epilepsy face every day. It’s so important that we share our stories and help to break down some of those really frustrating misconceptions about the condition,” said Mia. “As an artist, I’m also really excited that the auction provides exposure to some of the bright up-and-coming stars of our vibrant Australian art community.”
“Art for Epilepsy is a fantastic opportunity to get to know some new Aussie artists, and for people to start or add to their art collection. What better way to show your love this Valentine’s Day than with an original piece of art?!” finished Mia.
Epilepsy Action is the largest provider of education and support services to children and adults with epilepsy across Australia. There are currently 250,000 people affected by epilepsy across the country who are in need of specialist services. Funds raised from the auction will go towards supporting their vital and life changing programs such as: Ted-E-Bear Connection, MyEpilepsyKey and their Online Academy. The charity’s mission is to enable people living with epilepsy to unlock their true potential, better manage their condition, and to ultimately lead happier lives.
The inaugural Art for Epilepsy auction held in February 2016 featured just over 60 artworks by 55 artists. The initiative was an outstanding success, raising over $20,000. In 2017 Epilepsy Action hopes to build on that success and smash the previous fundraising target, allowing a greater number of Australians impacted by epilepsy to be supported to lead an optimal life.
CEO of Epilepsy Action, Carol Ireland, said, “Epilepsy is the world’s most common serious brain condition, however, community awareness and understanding of the condition remains frustratingly low. Our aim is to raise awareness of the impact of this often debilitating condition, and to support people living with epilepsy to lead optimal lives.”
“Art for Epilepsy plays an important role in helping us to raise enough funds to do that effectively,” continued Carol. “We have such an incredible collection of artworks up for auction this year by some amazingly talented artists. We really encourage the community to jump online and get involved in this unique campaign!”
People can pre-register for the auction now by visiting www.ArtForEpilepsy.com.au, or just start bidding from 9am on the February 14 to snap up a bargain!
We are encouraging everyone to share the love this Valentine’s day and help those in need.
WHAT: Art for Epilepsy online auction
WHY: To raise vital funds for people living with epilepsy
WHEN: 9am February 14 (Valentine’s Day) – 9pm March 26 (Purple Day)
WHERE: Online at ArtForEpilepsy.com.au