Art raises the F***ing money

02 December 2015 - 02:26 By Shanaaz Eggington

Artist Brett Murray's Payback the F***ing Money surfboard fetched R50 000, while Beezy Bailey's Submarine Magic fetchedR54 000 at last night's Wavescape Festival Artboard Auction. Comedian Rob van Vuuren was in Muizenberg to help auction off the boards at the event, which raised R211 500 in total.At a packed Tiger's Milk on the beachfront, surfboards painted by nine artists were up for grabs .The organisers had asked the artists to turn nine "Fish" surfboards - a shorter, wider board with a fish tail - into works of art, which have been on display at the restaurant since November 23.Proceeds of the auction will be donated to the NSRI, the Waves For Change trauma programme, Shark Spotters, Cancer Dojo, and The Little Optimist Trust.The other artists are Andrew Whitehouse, Asha Zero, Chris Brehem, Conn Bertish, Jake Aikman, One Love Studio and Sanell Aggenbach.Bertish, former advertising executive and founder of Cancer Dojo, said studies showed that if you played a role in your own healing, it improved your chance of a more positive outcome."Many surfers know, immersing yourself in the ocean often results in a powerful, dynamic and healing connection between the ocean and the self," he said about his artwork, entitled The Healing Board."I wanted to augment this response by creating imagery and words - in this case using chalk - that would literally wash off the board in a metaphorically visual way, to help the rider enhance their own healing connection while surfing in the largest and most fun recovery unit on Earth."Bertish's board, which sold for R20 000, comes with a reapplication kit, including the chalk to rewrite messages on the board after they have washed off in the sea.Festival co-founder Steve Pike said: "Surfers are at the front line of global warming and overfishing, and the effect this has on the ocean environment. Art is an effective way to create awareness of such issues and to inspire change. Our artists, however, also use the boards as a canvas for social commentary and satire."..

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