Novel art trail and auction for asylum seekers

Today (April 22) marks the beginning of a novel online art auction to raise funds for the Asylum Seekers Support Trust, which runs an Auckland hostel for asylum seekers.

Eighty nine artists were given a wooden frame and asked to create within it a work inspired in some way by their compassion for asylum seekers. The resulting art was amazing.

If you live in Auckland the works can be viewed in shop windows along a walkable trail from Britomart to the AUT, via Laneways, High Street and Lorne Street.

Details of the works, artists (and the trail) can be accessed via a downloadable

Stqry app

linking with the website. Once on the app go to the Frame Works.

Alternatively, go straight to the

Frame Works auction website

to see the art works in all their glory.

A portion of the art works will be sold at a live auction and gala event on 2 May at the Quay Project in Britomart.

Event curator, Alix Bachmann, says the “frame work” theme reflects the needs of asylum seekers: “The framework of their lives has suddenly disappeared because of war, a change of political regime, persecution, violence and terror. They are looking for a safe haven, a place to rebuild their lives, to re-establish their framework of home, work, family and friends.”

For further information contact the Asylum Seekers Support Trust at 09-378-7434 or or go to the Trust’s