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Artists named for "Birds of a Feather" Charity Ball preview

Date: 2 August 2016

Media Release

An exclusive preview of some of the art created for the Department of Conservation’s Tamatea/Dusky Sound art exhibition, including works by renowned Kiwi artists Simon Kaan, Gerda Leenards, Cilla McQueen and Marilynn Webb will be on display and for sale* during the “Birds of a Feather” Charity Ball on 13th August - Real Journeys and DOC have announced.  

Dusky Sound by artist Marilynn Webb

Dusky Sound by artist Marilynn Webb

The artists were given the chance to visit and interpret this remote and wild part of Fiordland in their work to help raise funds and awareness for the Tamatea/Dusky Sound Restoration Project. Run by the Department of Conservation, it aims to restore Dusky Sound to one of the most intact ecosystems on Earth and New Zealand’s largest ‘bio bank’, a source of endangered native species for the whole of the country.   The black tie “Birds of a Feather” Charity Ball will help raise funds for this cutting edge project. 

Real Journeys’ second charity ball at Walter Peak is expected to be an even greater success than last year with music from the popular Nairobi Trio and a special three-course menu created by Executive Chef Justin Koen (the likes of crayfish canapes, duck dumplings, crab risotto and venison tartare).

DOC’s Director-General, Lou Sanson, along with Associate Minister of Conservation, Hon Nicky Wagner have confirmed they will be guests at the ball.

There are still a few tables of ten available.  100% of the funds raised go towards the Tamatea/Dusky Sound Restoration Project.  Last year’s “Birds of a Feather” Charity Ball raised over $35,000 for Kakapo Recovery. 

The Tamatea/Dusky Sound art exhibition will open in November, and will tour throughout New Zealand.

Dusky Sound by artist Simon Kaan

Dusky Sound by artist Simon Kaan

 *Please note any works sold at the ball will remain with the exhibition for the life of the upcoming exhibition.

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Tsehai Tiffin - Real Journeys Corporate Communications Manager
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