Donated art to be auctioned to help hospice

Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green (left) holds Timeshift by P. Smith and...
Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green (left) holds Timeshift by P. Smith and marketing and communications co-ordinator Ebony Johnston holds Ralph Hotere's Gloria in Excelsis Deo at the hospice in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien

Works of art including a ''pearler'' by Ralph Hotere are set to be auctioned to raise funds during Otago Community Hospice Awareness Week, chief executive Ginny Green says.

Ms Green said 10 works, including the Ralph Hotere painting Gloria in Excelsis Deo, were given by Mike Bird, of Dunedin, for the fundraising week.

The hospice cared for 150 patients and proceeds would provide them support, she said.

The original Hotere painting was valued at about $20,000.

Hospice Awareness Week Art auction organiser Rachel Bird, Mr Bird's daughter, said her father gave the art because the family knew the importance of the hospice's work.

''We lost my wee gran at the hospice. It was an amazing experience and they are a group of amazing people.''

The hospice needed to raise $1.6 million a year, she said.

''So, if we can give a bit of help along the way, that's just superb.''

The other works were by artists Sue McLean, Suzy Platt, P. Smith, Sheryl McCammon and Darlene Meiring.

Ms Green said the hospice awareness week would be launched at the Art School Gallery, in Riego St, on Monday and the art would be auctioned at the gallery on Thursday night.

Ms Green said collectors would be out on Friday for the hospice street appeal.

''If people feel they can make a donation, every bit counts.''

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