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CORD: Take A Seat

  • Perth City Farm East Perth (map)

After raising over $25,000 for spinal cord injury (SCI), the art auction with a difference, Cord, has announced a must-attend event for both lovers of art and those who love to make a difference; Set to take over the chic new industrial warehouse space at City Farm, 6pm-late on Saturday 28 May, CORD: Take A Seat will showcase over 25 local artists.

Having generously donated their work for the public to bid on in the urban art auction of the year, all funds raised will go to Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit. Auctioned works will be on 1x1-metre canvasses, with work up for grabs by a mix of talented established and exciting up’n’coming artists, including the likes of Peche, Robert Jenkins (The Black Mountains), Brenton See, Anna McEachran, Kim Kim Kim, Chris Nixon and Monday.

The event will also feature food trucks, quality 18+ beverages by Gage Roads, Batlow Cider and Arlewood wines. Installation pieces provided by Empire Homewares, plus many more artists such as Pippa McManus and Andy Quilty have donated pieces to a silent auction to additionally run on the night.

A night overflowing with creativity and inspiration, CORD: Take A Seat will be soundtracked by a stellar music line-up too. Taking a seat and staying still will be hard, with good time movements being encouraged by Hip Hop Karayoke resident DJ and The Community’s Arms In Motion; R’n’B, soul and hip hop powerhouse Cian Caton performing with her live band, regulars at Laneway Lounge and The Ellington; plus Ambar Japan 4 resident and general aural feel goods provider DJ Ollie.

MCed by Nova 93.7 Breakfast’s Natalie Locke and with sure-fire winning commentary from sports legend Tim Gossage, the urban art auction will be fast-paced fun. Yet there’s a serious side effect to all this sensory stimulation, with 100% of funds raised going towards Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit, supporting those who acutely encounter SCI in WA by assisting their purchasing of new technology and rehab equipment.

Recently featuring on the Pilerats Insights film series, Cord is the inspired work of all-round phenomenon Jocelyn Franciscus. As the Founder and Director of Cord, she’s the proverbial backbone of the charity, setting up Cord (originally Art for Spine) after suffering a neck break and subsequent quadriplegia while holidaying in Queensland in 2009. Since then it’s constantly evolved and has raised over $120,000 dollars between the two organisations to assist spinal cord injury research, not to mention the awareness her tireless campaigning has raised. 

“So many negatives are inferred with prolonged sitting in the media, but for many people with spinal cord injury this is a daily reality and, in turn, a necessity,” Jocelyn explains. “Breaking free of the notion that people are ‘confined’ to a wheelchair, Take A Seat celebrates the independence and the freedom it can bring to so many. Cord aims to examine the beauty of the seat and the lives of those who live a seated life."

Saturday 28 May, 6pm-late (main auction starts 8.30pm). Tickets $12.

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Jos Franciscus, Cord Founder and Director. E


Photo courtesy of Soul of Shu Photography