|Entrant Club(s):||OpSoc Canterbury|
|Entry completed by:||Jennifer Birse|
|Club Role:||Music Manager|
|Category Selection||Reminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021|
|Which category is this nomination for?||Best Arts Event 2021|
|Name of event or initiative:||OpSoc Charity Art Auction|
|Brief overview of the event or initiative:|
The event is an art auction for students to come together, share their artwork, support charity, have fun, and dance to live music! Students are encouraged to contribute a piece of their own art work beforehand, and the art is auctioned to students and all profits are donated to charity.
|What were the aims of the event or initiative?|
The event encourages students to have some fun and get creative, while also fundraising and generating exposure for the charity 'Dress for Success'. The response from students was great, with a lot of interesting art pieces being donated, and success with students bidding on items. Additionally, the event is fun for non-art makers/bidders due to the extra games run by the M.C.'s throughout, free food, and the live music from DJ's and local band Castaway after the auction.
|How did you make it happen?|
OpSoc were lucky enough to sort a deal with Seltzersnz for the event. This allowed a larger variety of beverages at the event (this was approved by the venue of course). The live music was sourced locally as the exec of OpSoc are friends with members of Castaway and a few DJ's. Each member of OpSoc worked hard to keep costs down and utilise their own connections and resources.
|How did you make it better?|
The Auction was held at a new venue this year. The set up suited OpSoc's general aesthetic and really enhanced the desired ambiance of the art auction, with eclectic art already in place. Additionally, the location was close to uni meaning that students did not have to travel far. We decided to have the event on the same night as MONO so that students could continue their night elsewhere, and also giving us time to clean up during the night, which was a great choice.
|How did you show your commitment to sustainability?|
Sustainability is a core value for OpSoc. For all of our events, it is encouraged to thrift an outfit or find something around home as opposed to buying new clothes. This reduces the contribution to fast fashion/consumerism. Additionally, when considering decorations, we avoided disposable plastics such as buntings and balloons. Instead we opted for reusable fairy lights and decorations we could use, and have used, for other events. We had a collaging station for attendees to have some fun with before the auction began, where we had recycled magazines being used to make art.
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