Looking for local art? Get your digital paddle ready and register for Artbid’s next online sale.

If you joined the Australian platform’s first online auction in September you’ll understand the calibre of works available. Designed to make art more accessible, the team behind Artbid is focussed on championing artists who have previously been underrepresented in traditional gallery spaces.

The next digital event is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday January 30, with 32 lots of contemporary Australian art. You can check out the catalogue, register for bidding and create a shortlist in the lead-up. And there’s an option to leave an absentee bid if you’re not able to join the live auction but fall in love with one of the works.

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The latest catalogue includes works from Melbourne painter Emma Currie, Newcastle-based painter, sculptor, designer and photographer Justin Lees, Emilie Maguin, a French visual artist working on Whadjuk Noongar Country, and multidisciplinary artist Amanda Krantz, who lives and works from her studios in Melbourne and Honolulu.

Price guides are listed in the catalogue – estimates for the first auction’s lots range from $250 to $5200. Just like in a classic auction, a reserve price is set for each piece. A 12 per cent buyer’s premium is added to the final price of the work. This is lower than industry standards, which generally sit around 20 to 25 per cent.

All artworks sold are “ready to hang”. Depending on the piece, this could mean framed or stretched canvas – you can find specifics for each work in the catalogue. Delivery is free to most addresses in Australia, regardless of the size and weight of the artwork. Addresses in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and some remote or regional areas are exceptions, but shipping quotes can be provided for exempt postcodes prior to the auction.

Artbird’s next auction is at 7pm on January 30, 2024.


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