With a new space of its own, The Design Files has launched an inaugural art auction, with all proceeds going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Twenty-nine artists from around Australia have donated paintings to the exhibition, which opened on Saturday July 25. They will be up for auction until August 1.

On choosing to partner with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, The Design Files’ CEO and editor, Lucy Feagins, cites her passion for its cause. “With our focus on the importance of a sense of ‘home’, we are in awe of the incredible work the ASRC does to make those less fortunate feel welcome, supported and at home in Melbourne.”

With the aim of raising $50,000 for the ASRC, Feagins says she felt drawn to a Melbourne-centric charity approach because The Design Files itself is so orientated around Victoria. “I was conscious of keeping an accessible price point,” she explains of the exhibition. “Celebrating emerging painters that we’ve featured before was a way to do that.” Miranda Skoczek, Rachel Castle, and Lucas Grogan are just some of the local artistic talent that will be on show and have their work for sale.

Keeping in line with the website’s focus on local designers, championing a local charity seemed the next logical step for Feagins’ not-for-profit initiative. “The fact that [the ASRC] is based in Footscray is also important. They’re not just some faceless charity, the work they do is real and visible.”

The Design Files Inaugural Annual Fundraiser Exhibition is open from 25–31 July at 14 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood.