Artists and actors are joining forces to raise funds for Raglan-based animal sanctuary Paws Awhile.
Around 30 established and emerging artists including Flox, Paul Walsh, Jeff Thomson, Greta Anderson, Erin Simpson, Bronwynne Cornish and Mary McIntyre have donated work to be auctioned.
Artist and illustrator Paul Walsh, whose most recent project was painting Chorus DSL Cabinets across Auckland, will also create a piece during the auction and, when it's finished, it will also be sold.
Well-known kiwi actress Sara Wiseman, who starts filming series 5 of the Australian drama A Place to Call Home early next year, is MC.
The auction has been organised by Direct Animal Action, an Auckland-based group who want legislative bans on factory farming and rodeo in New Zealand. Spokesperson Romina Marinkovich says the group works toward better laws for animals but wanted to do something "more tangible" to help.
"So we decided to organise an art exhibition and live auction celebrating the sentience of animals and raising much needed funds for Paws Awhile animal sanctuary."
Paws Awhile set up in 2014, providing safe haven to animals rescued from abuse and neglect. Owner Anna Dahlberg self-funds the sanctuary where permanent and foster residents including dogs, cats, donkeys, miniature ponies, highland cattle, kunekune pigs and chickens.
What: Animals - Seeing the Sentient Being fundraising art exhibition and auction for Raglan-based animal sanctuary Paws Awhile.
When: exhibition now on 9am - 3pm at Allpress Studio, Browns Mill Building, 8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay; online bidding open with silent auction today and live auction tomorrow from 5.30 - 8pm.