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Artist joins cause

Tuesday, 28th March, 2017

Badger Bates with an artwork he donated yesterday to a charity auction. Badger Bates with an artwork he donated yesterday to a charity auction.

By Michael Murphy

Artist Badger Bates has come to the party and donated one of his works to a charity auction, and he’s encouraging others to do the same.

Kathy Graham, one of the organisers of the auction, put the call out for the community to get behind a fundraiser for Keith Gander, a teenager who suffered a serious spinal injury after he fell from monkey bars just before Christmas last year.

Keith needs funds to help pay for alterations to his family home and to buy a reliable car with hand controls.

Badger yesterday handed over one of the first lino prints he ever produced.

“I done it in 1991 and I called it ‘Teaching and Hunting’,” said Badger, who rose to prominence in the local art scene when he chiselled a magnificent sculpture for the city’s symposium above the Living Desert.

“The focus is on the rock art,” Badger said of his donated work which is an artist’s proof. 

“It could be any aboriginal art site, and these two old fellas brought these two young fellas in to teach them about the artwork, but they are also going to take them hunting emu.”

Badger said he “never looked back” after shaping that fine piece of Wilcannia sandstone in the Living Desert in 1993, and he is looking forward to displaying his talents at an exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery in May.

When he found out about the fundraiser, he jumped at the opportunity to pitch in.

“It is for a good cause to try and help the young fella get back home,” Badger said.

“We have got a lot of artists in Broken Hill, and I would like to see more artists come on board.

“None of us is really rich, but if we all got together we could really help this young fella.”

To donate items, text or phone Boris Havlica (0411 616 235), Kathy Graham (0427 798 811), or Beth Murray-Wilson (0411 959 063) and they will be happy to collect.

You can also donate directly through the Credit Union: Bank details are BSB 802 377, account 3773 7974, account name Keith Gander.

The auction is on Sunday, April 9 at the Old Royal Hotel. More information is on the Get Keith Rolling Facebook page, where you can also bid on items before auction day.

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