The artists have dished up their treats and now bidders can step up to the plate in the annual unique-to-Northland Great Plate exhibition and auction.

The Great Plate Event asks local artists to create an original piece of artwork from a locally handmade ceramic plate. All plates are then exhibited in the Yvonne Rust Gallery and auctioned online to raise money for the Quarry Community Arts Centre (Northland Arts Trust).

Each artist can use their blank canvas-plate in any way they like: painted, decorated in any medium, as a sculptural component, wall hanging, freestanding, suspended - there are no rules and no limitations.

The eighth annual Great Plate Event exhibition and the start of bidding opened on Thursday.

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Trade Me stations are available on-site for people eager to get their hands on an original piece work and contribute to the local creative community. Entry to the gallery is by koha.