Boutique Sydney real estate group, BresicWhitney has joined forces with the St Vincent de Paul Society to help the most vulnerable people in the community.
The agency has purchased and donated a stunning artwork, which will be auctioned as part of the society’s inaugural Art for Goodness Sake auction.
The artwork, entitled Branch No. 3, 2022, is by acclaimed bird photographer and video artist Leila Jeffreys, whose works are included in Parliament House in Canberra.
The work is part of a catalogue of 26 contemporary pieces donated by businesses across the banking, mining, finance, telecommunications, art and property sectors.
The collection has been curated by renowned Art Advisor, Catherine Asquith, and 100 per cent of the proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting Vinnies’ homelessness programs.
BresicWhitney Chief Operating Officer Will Gosse said the auction was a chance to combine the group’s passion for art, and the arts, with its commitment to supporting local communities.
“Supporting our communities is something that BresicWhitney has been dedicated to since its inception two decades ago,” he said.
“While we’re fortunate enough to care for many of Sydney’s most desirable homes, the reality for many around us, is that they find themselves at-risk and in need.
“We have been supporting organisations like Vinnies for more than 10 years in a myriad of ways and the inaugural Art for Goodness Sake auction was an opportunity for us to combine our passion for art, while contributing to the lives of those doing it tough.
“We’re humbled to be among a group of like-minded organisations across Australia, with shared values and an appreciation for the tangible difference these funds will make to both Vinnies and those they serve.”
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Chief Executive Officer Yolanda Saiz said the soaring cost of living and lack of affordable housing is driving a growing number of people to seek assistance in their time of need.
The number of people seeking assistance from the society has risen 4.9 per cent over the past year and funds raised through the auction will go directly towards services that assist people experiencing homelessness, including accommodation, food, health care, case management and assistance tailored to individual needs.
“We’re delighted to present the Art for Goodness Sake auction and thank all the corporations who have generously donated artworks,” Ms Saiz said.
“The society relies on the good-will of the community and our corporate partners to raise much-needed funds to meet the increasing demand for assistance.
“This is a tangible way for corporations and art collectors to give back, with 100 per cent of proceeds from the auction being donated towards our homelessness programs.”
The new fundraising initiative is being facilitated by Leonard Joel Fine Art, Australia’s premier auction house.
Specialising in curated category auctions as well as the auction of private collections, Leonard Joel is generously donating both their services and Sydney saleroom within The Bond in Woollahra, to host the auction.
The Art for Goodness Sake collection will be open for public and private viewing from Friday 3 to Tuesday 7 November, with the auction taking place at 6pm on Wednesday 8 November.
For more information or to make an appointment to view the collection, please visit leonardjoel.com.au.