TONIGHT’S the night for the opening of the annual Cranleigh-Capital Chemist Art Show, which has been held every October for the past seven years. Robyn Archer, Creative Director for the Centenary of Canberra, will host the evening.This is the major annual fund raising event for Cranleigh School, which provides educational programs for children with developmental delays, autism, or moderate to severe intellectual or multiple disabilities in the age range 3-12 years. Communication, independence skills, and information and communication technologies are taught across all the curriculum and many of the children use assistive technologies to access the curriculum to learn.
Each year parents, carers, invited guests and members of the Canberra community attend the Art Show to raise funds for equipment and programs needed to assist our students to reach their full potential. Since its inception, the Cranleigh Art Show Opening Night has become a significant event on the Canberra calendar, with over 300 people attending last year, as well as hundreds more throughout the weekend.
Artists from the ACT and around Australia WILL exhibit at the show, with paintings, drawing, photography and many other media. As well, there’ll be artwork demonstrating the artistic skills of the students. This year with the Artisan’s Gallery, they’ll have a range of quality craft items produced by a number of textile, glass, ceramic and other artists.
Featured artist this year will be Kylie Heslop, whose decorated motorbikes have raised eyebrows around the art world.
Wine and food will be served by students from The Woden School and live jazz will be performed by the Radford Jazz Band. Raffle drawn and Silent Auction closes at midday on Sunday.
In 2012 Cranleigh raised over $30,000, which was used to purchase specially designed equipment for our gymnasium and playground. This year, all proceeds from sponsorship, art sales, silent auctions and the raffle will go towards a specialised music program which will allow our children to learn and have fun through the therapeutic benefits of music.
Cranleigh-Capital Chemist Art Show, Opening Night, Friday October 18 , 6pm for sponsors, then 7m – 9pm for the public. Tickets $15 at the door. Weekend entry by donation, Saturday, October 19, 10am – 4pm and Sunday, October 20, 10am – 12.30pm