Posted by jeff on Feb 01, 2011


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Art Auction To Support Young Community Broadcasters

More than 30 Dunedin-based artists will contribute works to go under auctioneer Warwick Grimmer’s hammer for a fundraiser in support of youth programming on not-for-profit community station Otago Access Radio (OAR FM).

The art auction, to be held at the Dunedin Community Gallery on Thursday 5 March at 6pm, is being organised by the station and the Otago Community Broadcasters Society (OCBS), which represents the more-than 170 volunteer programme makers who make shows on OAR FM.

Artist and OCBS chairman Ron Esplin, convenor of the auction, said he expected around 70 works would be up for auction, with proceeds needed to secure the continued success of OAR FM’s ‘Youth Zone’ – a weekday 4pm-5pm time slot for programmes made by, for and about young people aged 8-22 years.

“Our previous art auction in August 2013 generated vital funds to launch the Youth Zone initiative,” he explained.

“It’s wonderful to see that so many local artists recognise the opportunity it provides for young people to gain skills and confidence through their first experience of broadcasting.

“If we can make it possible for more young people to get on air by raising funds at this auction, it will be a fine example of how people in the creative sector can support each other’s endeavours.”

Otago Access Radio Youth Coordinator Domi Angelo-Laloli said the station was grateful for the funding support Youth Zone had received from several local funding agencies but a shortfall meant further funds were needed to secure the initiative’s future.

“In its first year, Youth Zone delivered 227 hours of locally produced programming involving more than 40 young broadcasters,” he said.

“We really hope we can continue to offer this valuable opportunity to more young people, to give them a voice in the media.”

Quick facts:

  • A fundraising art auction will be held at the Dunedin Community Gallery, 20 Princes St, Dunedin on Thursday 5 March at 6pm, in support of Youth Zone programming on Otago Access Radio.
  • An exhibition of all works included in the auction will open at the gallery on Tuesday 3 March at 10am and works will remain on display until 5pm on Friday 6 March.
  • All are welcome to attend the exhibition and auction.
  • RSVP for catering purposes is appreciated by 5pm Monday 2 March to ph (03) 4716161 or


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Thanks to these funding organisations for their support:

Trusts Community Foundation logoMinistry of Youth Development logoDunedin Casino Charitable Trust logo

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