The project sees Australian visual artists create works inspired by a particular musician or song, with those artists able to take inspiration from the melody, lyrics, album cover or musician themselves, interpreting it how they choose.
Works are then auctioned during a gala dinner at the Art Gallery of NSW, with proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy (Noro). This year’s event will take place on Saturday, 17th July and will also feature performances by Minchin, Ngaiire and Kate Ceberano – tickets are available here.
Some of the visual artists whose work will be featured this year include Holly Greenwood, Nicholas Harding and Leila Jeffreys. They’ll be interpreting ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore’ by Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding, ‘Paint My Heart’ by the Teskey Brothers and ‘Bury Me Deep in Love’ by The Triffids, respectively.
Other artists include Laura Jones interpreting Ngaiire’s ‘Fall into My Arms’, Guy Maestri interpreting Nick Cave‘s reading of The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek, and Robert Malherbe interpreting ‘All Brand New’ by Underground Lovers. Alex Seton’s work draws influence from Goanna‘s ‘Solid Rock’, while Josh Yeldham’s is inspired by ‘Young Blood’ by the Naked and Famous.
Tim Minchin’s ‘Airport Piano’ – as featured in the music video for the song itself – will also appear as part of the event. “I’m so stoked to be part of this amazing event, raising money for a brilliant charity alongside brilliant people,” Minchin commented.
The event’s founder, Jenny Morris, says it’s a thrill to be presenting Art of Music again after being forced to postpone last year’s event.
“As always, my thinking around compiling the collection was to cover as many creative disciplines, styles and price ranges as possible so that there is something for everyone. Sailing above all of that of course, is the intent to present quality works.
“It has always been important to me to present works that will appeal not only to seasoned collectors, but also works that will whet the appetites of those beginning to see the value of buying art.”