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Art party to celebrate impressive Millennium collection

From a recent Danny Knox to a 151-year-old Charles Barraud, the Millennium Public Art Gallery has an impressive collection of artworks.

However, maintaining them and keeping the Blenheim gallery running is an expensive endeavour.

The public will get a chance to help out and enjoy an evening of good food, wine and music at the Art Party fundraiser on Thursday.

Gallery director Cressida Bishop says the event will also double as a way of celebrating the gallery’s ever-growing collection.

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“We have around 60 works in the collection. There are photos, drawings, paintings, ceramic works and even a wood sculpture.

“The oldest artwork we have is a 151-year-old [Charles] Barraud. The most recent aquisition is a Danny Knox work,” she says.

The collection is big enough to fill the gallery several times over, but with its size comes maintenance costs, Cressida says.

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Money raised from the fundraiser will go towards reframing, cleaning and the software used to manage the collection.

Sixty per cent of the gallery’s income comes from a Marlborough District Council grant, while the remainder must be sourced through fundraisers, donations and other grants, she says.

The Art Party will be held at the gallery from 6pm to 9pm and will feature food, wine, a small auction of “lifestyle treats” and music by Anna Moore.

For a ticket, at $60 per person, visit the gallery or call 03 579 2001.