express chats to Rainbow Auckland’s newest member Matt Heath about the pop-up gallery he is producing during Auckland Pride which will donate a portion of profits to local charities.
Matt Heath is launching his Limn Gallery Pop-Up says the gallery will feature art from notable international artists including Banksy, Takashi Murakami, James Jean, POSE, OBEY, Flox, Weston Frizzell, Charles Williams, KAWS and more.
“There are so many cool pieces from some great artists. There is a Hand Embellished Artist Proof by an American artist called POSE which I love. It has a very cool pop-art feel to it and is my favourite piece in the gallery,” he tells express.
Inspired by his own passion for art, heath who has recently joined Rainbow Auckland to forge new business relationships and contacts, says that he decided to open the pop-up gallery with the hope that he can share his passion for art with others, while at the same time raising some money for charity.
Heath adds that five per cent of the profits from the art available for purchase will be donated to either RainbowYOUTH, Starship Children’s Hospital or NZ Forest & Bird.”Gallery attendees are able to vote for their preferred charity and the donation is split accordingly.”
Heath says that he hopes the funds will enable charities like RainbowYOUTH to continue helping our community. “Rainbow Youth do some great work in providing resources and services that support youth in what can be a difficult time. I believe services like this save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
In addition, Heath promises there will be a blind auction for a signed Matt Gondek print where 100% of the bid will go to charity. “Pop your bid in a box and if you’re the highest bidder at the end of the pop-up, you win and so do the charities!”
“We’re so grateful to be supported by Matt and the exhibition he’s hosting. It’s fantastic to see events giving back to community organisations, a lot of what we do relies on the generosity of people supporting our work with queer and gender diverse youth,” RainbowYOUTH Executive Director Frances Arns tells express.
Heath says the process of joining Rainbow Auckland was simple and he is looking forward to attending their monthly mixers. He encourages other young professionals to join. “I had been thinking about joining for a few months, then after some of my friends had become members, I decided that 2020 was my year to get involved!”