Rissah Vox donates original artwork as fundraiser for Coffs Neighbourhood Centre

Land and Sea, by leading Aboriginal artist Rissah Vox, donated as a fundraiser for Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre.

BIDDING starts at $450 for ‘Land and Sea’, an original piece by leading Aboriginal artist Rissah Vox, donated as a fundraiser for Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre (CHNC).

“We are so grateful that Rissah has chosen to share her work with us and allow this to further support the work we do,” Di Woods, Manager at CHNC told News Of The Area.

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The Neighbourhood Centre is experiencing more than triple the demand for supports and services over the past few years.

“Community donations and support are what underpins the services we can provide to our community.

“We value donations of skills and time as much as financial support, which is highlighted by Rissah’s amazing skills.

“When some of us don’t have a creative or artistic streak, you appreciate someone else’s skills and patience all the more,” said Di.

The artist, Rissah Vox, is an Aboriginal woman born in Tasmania and has four children, ten grandchildren and one great grandson.

Rissah has been a peacekeeper at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra for the past eleven years.

Rissah, whose given name is Napangardi, uses layered oil pastels that she then etches imagery with a tent peg.

Some of her pieces tell stories, some have social justice titles and meanings, and some are about island life in Tasmania.

Rissah was lucky enough to be accepted as a finalist in the 2016 Bay of Fires art prize with her piece titled ‘Thylacine’ and was also a finalist in the 2018 The Henry Jones Art Prize.

More of Rissah’s artwork can be found at www./artmob.com.au/artist/rissah-vox/, with pieces typically selling for over $1000.

Her donated piece, ‘Land and Sea’, is unframed and 62.5cm by 61cm, and will be offered via silent auction with offers starting from $450.

The artwork represents celebrating the natural abundance of our local area, as well as her own, St Helens in Tasmania.

Silent auction offers can be made until midnight 16 December, with the successful bidder being notified 17 December.

Silent auctions can be made by emailing Di at Volunteeringcoffs@chnc.com.au.


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