RAW: Beyond Our Borders – Espionage Gallery – July 9 – Preview

By Genevieve Brandenburg

Beyond Our Borders is a one-night exhibition directed at advocating and raising funds for Compassion Australia, an organisation that supports child growth and development in poverty-stricken countries. Organised by Rachel McCaskill and hosted by Joshua Smith at Espionage Gallery, this is an exhibition supporting not only artists and their work, but also a most worthy cause.

Compassion was first founded in 1952 when Rev. Everett Swanson witnessed first-hand the destitution of children due to the Korean War. Twenty-five years later, in 1977, Compassion Australia was founded by Laurie and Olive McCowan in Newcastle. Aimed at supporting the holistic growth and development of ‘the individual child from the womb to university’, Compassion now operates in over 26 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. In 2009, with the aid of twelve Partner Countries and countless sponsors, Compassion International reached 1 million children in need. As of 2010 Compassion Australia reached 90,000 sponsored children, with aims to reach 100,000 by 2012.

Rachel McCaskill has been involved with Compassion Australia since 2010 when she travelled to India with the organisation. Having always loved art, she has decided to celebrate her 25th birthday this year by organising an exhibition with all proceeds going towards Compassion’s ‘Child Survival Program’, which is specifically for mothers and babies.

The artwork is by McCaskill herself and six other artists, including Nikki Burdette, Meagan Gratz, Melody Groenenboom, Amanda Lockwood, Sarah Rose and Jasmine Stonham. The works will ‘transport viewers to places where some of the poorest people in the world live, and through this, advocate for these children.’

With auctioning of the artworks; music by one of Adelaide’s most loved buskers; food, drink and good company, Beyond Our Borders gives us the opportunity to not only admire and support the work of South Australian artists, but to also support a worthy cause. So invite your friends and family for what will be a fantastic night of celebration, all in the name of helping these children who so desperately need it.


Date: Saturday 9th July 2011, 6.00pm – 9.00pm (one night only)
Where: Espionage Gallery, Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall (just off Lindes Lane)
Compassion Australia: http://www.compassion.com.au/

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