Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jungle Heart: Exhibition Opening Night.

As some of you know, the past 6 months of my life more or less has been about raising funds for WWF and planning Jungle Heart. Last Friday we had our opening night and I'm still in a bit of disbelief that it's been and gone and was (dare I say it?) a raging success.

We had an incredible turnout for the exhibition at Southside Tea Room. Over half of our 14 pieces sold, not to mention the extra donations that came from our "World Change" tip jar and the exclusive Jungle Juice cocktail we had on the night. So many familiar faces from the Brisbane & Gold Coast creative communities came out to support us and this cause and I can't thank you all enough for being so kind and encouraging and about as excited as I was about the exhibition. To think that a lot of you have already called for a "next year" before I've even had a chance to delve further into the idea gives me hope that maybe I have started something truly good here.

My biggest thanks goes to the artists for creating such beautiful pieces in honour of Borneo and the most well-known face of its endangered wildlife: the orangutan.

After being so in my element with Jungle Heart I realise (with terror, amusement and very little surprise) that solely curating, organising, designing and promoting an exhibition was something I was probably born for. So for those asking if there would be a "next time"—yes, yes, absolutely, yes, because this was way too much fun to be the last time.

Some more photos of the Jungle Heart opening night are over on Facebook. I'll be posting regular updates, promoting the artworks that haven't yet sold as well as announcing the final amount of money raised when all the payments are made, so keep an eye on the page if you're interested!

Edit: There are some more photos of Jungle Heart on The Weekend Edition thanks to the lovely Emily Nelson, who was also one of our artists. All four of Emily's pieces sold on the night! Amazing.

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