College students help prepare for Charity Auction

Published 27 July 2009

auctionhangStudents from the University of New England’s Austin College have been doing their bit for the University’s charity art auction, helping to hang the art works to be auctioned this week at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM).

Five Austin College students, led by Senior Resident Fellow Jake Compton, joined NERAM staff in hanging the works last Thursday.

Barb Shaw, Director of the UNE Residential System, said it was “great to see the students lending a hand and participating in activities that give back to the community”.

The Celebration of Sharing Art Exhibition is now on display at NERAM, and the works will be auctioned there at 12 noon this Friday (31 July) to aid two Armidale charities.

The auction of works by Angus Nivison, Glory Kngale, Gosia Wlodarczak, Pat Elkin, Marty Branagan, Julia Hardman, Dell Bernett, Stuart Boggs, Ruth Downes and many others is part of the University of New England’s annual Celebration of Sharing fund-raising campaign.

Celebration of Sharing is an opportunity for the staff of UNE to contribute to the Armidale community. Each year two charities are chosen to receive funds raised through a variety of activities across the UNE campus. This year, the two charities are the Salvation Army and Paws Up.

Paws Up is a program for disadvantaged boys and young men who are given a Border Collie puppy to look after and train under supervision. The boys have gone on to compete successfully in Dog High Jumping around the country and are now at national championship level. The organiser of the program, Mr Bernie Shakeshaft, said: “We are having amazing results through the program, with many boys and young men completely turning their lives around.”

If you would like to attend the Celebration of Sharing Charity Art Auction, RSVP (for catering purposes) to Susan Macarthur on 6773 2960 or email

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here, showing Jake Compton helping to hang a painting by  Marty Branagan at NERAM for the Celebration of Sharing Art Exhibition,  expands to include Jake’s fellow Austin College student Elise Eddison.