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Pier 8 Café, Walsh Bay

Wednesday, 9 November, 2016

The Transfield Art Collection is one of the major private collections of contemporary art in Australia, not necessarily in value - although it does contain pieces of significance - more because it illustrates the journey of Transfield’s founder, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, now continued by his sons Luca and Guido.

From the outset Franco Belgiorno-Nettis' vision for the arts in Australia was ahead of its time. After founding Transfield in 1956 he initiated the Transfield Art Prize in 1961, in its day the most valuable acquisitive contemporary art prize in Australia.

'The Transfield' ran for 10 years and includes in its list of winners Jon Molvig, Roger Kemp, Ron Robertson-Swann and Fred Williams - relative unknowns at the time. Then, in 1973, with the support of the Federal and NSW governments and the City of Sydney, Transfield founded The Biennale of Sydney.

Transfield no longer has enough space in its offices for the many works it has acquired in its sixty year history, so the company’s Managing Directors, Luca and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis have tasked Transfield’s Art Manager, Stephen Bradley with selecting a collection of works, which are being offered to the public by auction. This diverse selection includes limited edition prints, oils and watercolours.

Transfield would like to thank Nectar and all the staff at Pier 8 for assisting in making this auction a reality.

Wednesday, 9 November

Viewing: 10am-2:30pm

Auction: 2:30pm

Catalogue can be found HERE

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