CCP Fundraiser: a resounding success

Bill Henson - Untitled

Centre for Contemporary Photography announces the success of the 2009 CCP Limited Edition Print provided by eminent Australian artist, Bill Henson. With characteristic generosity, Henson provided the major photograph, Untitled 1985/86/2009, in an edition of 12 large prints that sold out over three days raising $118,800. Eighty percent of funds raised through the Edition enable CCP to support the practice and presentation of contemporary photography through provision of exhibitions, education, public programs and publishing in 2009 and 2010; Bill Henson retained twenty percent of sales.

The 2009 Edition included a small launch at CCP with guest speaker Professor Kristy Edmunds, Head, School of Performing Arts Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts & Music, who celebrated Henson’s contribution to Australian art as well as CCP's role in supporting Australian photomedia artists.

Daniel Palmer and Bill Henson Alex Richards QC - Kristy Edmunds - Naomi Cass
Bill Henson and CCP Board Member,
Daniel Palmer
CCP Chair, Alexandra Richards QC with Kristy Edmunds and CCP Director, Naomi Cass

In the series from which this work belongs, Bill Henson shifted decisively to colour photography. These images depict the highly improbable juxtaposition of Australian suburbia with ancient Egyptian ruins, punctuated by enigmatic portraits of teenagers and moody cloudscapes. Bill Henson is a generous and frequent supporter of not-for-profit arts organisations and other non-art related charitable causes across Australia. He has donated work to CCP fundraising appeals on many occasions. CCP is most grateful for his support in 2009.

CCP Limited Edition Print 2009 CCP Limited Edition Print 2009
CCP Limited Edition Print 2009

CCP warmly acknowledges Bill Henson for his tremendous support of CCP and photomedia in Australia. We also thank the generous sponsors who helped to create this special event; Calendar Cheese Company, Cope Williams Arts Foundation, Sanpellegrino, SMXL Catering, Tint Design, Sainsbury’s Books and Paul the Painter as well as the astute collectors and supporters who have contributed toward the development of CCP through their purchase of the 2009 CCP Limited Edition Print.

Anne Zahalka - The Bathers Bill Henson - Untitled

Anne Zahalka
The Bathers
type C photograph
95.0 x 107.5cm
courtesy the artist, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Bill Henson
digital print
107.0 x 87.5cm
courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Bill Henson’s Edition follows the previous successful 2008 CCP Limited Edition Print in which Anne Zahalka’s The Bathers 1989, an edition of 12 prints also sold out. Through the Limited Edition series CCP offers collectors an annual opportunity to purchase significant Australian photographs in a limited edition, with the aim of supporting present and future Australian photography. Over time buyers will have acquired a major collection whilst also supporting the CCP. CCP will announce the artist of the CCP Limited Edition Print 2010 early next year.


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Bill Henson is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Robert Miller Gallery, New York.

Installation photography courtesy Oliver Parzer 2009


Last Updated 12 January 2010

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