Lily Mungulu, 150x150cm, Oil on Canvas, 2016, Tessa MacKay

Australians will have the chance to purchase a powerful work of art from acclaimed artists to help fund life-saving gynaecological cancer research in the very first Honour Her art auction and virtual gallery, during International Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month this September.

Launching 17th September for 10 days, the Honour Her online auction will feature exclusive works by well-known artists with 50 per cent of the proceeds directly funding pioneering gynaecological cancer research through not-for-profit WomenCan and 50 per cent supporting the artists for their contribution.

The list of over 30 artists includes some of the nation’s most exciting in-demand artists, Archibald and art prize finalists including Kathrin Longhurst, Loribelle Spirovski, Kirsty Neilson, Maggi McDonald, Jasmine Mansbridge, Belinda Street, and Dina Broadhurst.

“18 Australian women will be told they have a gynaecological cancer every day and survival rates are much lower than other cancers – but we know that with innovative research, life-saving discoveries become possible,” explains Karen Livingstone AM, WomenCan’s Head of Fundraising and Development.

Honour Her is also an opportunity for some of the artists to honour loved ones including award-winning Sydney artist Pamela Honeyfield who is honouring her mother’s best friend who passed away from ovarian cancer and established Melbourne-based artist Jason Roberts’ who is honouring his aunt who passed away from cervical cancer. Continue reading HONOUR HER : ONLINE ART AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH


Foreground Simon Tedeschi

Contrary to popular belief Simon Tedeschi is not related to George Gershwin.  When the family heard the rumour ‘we laughed and joked about it,’ Simon says, ‘but there is no relation.’ The mistake evolved due to the similarity between Gershwin’s name and Simon’s grandmother’s surname which was Gerschonowitz.

Simon’s grandmother, on his mother’s side, has an interesting past.  She was born in Poland and during World War II was placed in a labour camp for a year.  Following her release and in poor health, she went looking for her husband who had been incarcerated in a concentration camp. ‘My nanna walked across Europe for three years trying to find my grandfather.’ Simon explains. ‘Working on tips and fragments of rumour, she eventually located him in Germany. (He) was emaciated, typhus-ridden and traumatised.  They came to Australia in 1948.’  Grandfather didn’t speak any English but grandmother ‘always spoke quite average English. She was a complex, loving and emotionally-scarred woman.’

Simon’s father is Mark who still practices law and is an ex-NSW Crown Prosecutor and mother, Viviene, a gynaecologist, still practicing, and who originally wanted to be a pianist.  ‘Other strong women in my life,’ Simon continues, ‘were my piano teacher, Neta Maughan, and Beryl Potter…who became my music mentor.’  Beryl was the one who cheered him up before he went on stage with a simple message: ‘Simon, clear head, full heart.’ Continue reading SIMON TEDESCHI : PIANIST AND PRANKSTER