Compassionate Voices celebrates animals, art and creativity

voiceless exhibition

The Whitter Whitter birdhouse by Andrew Simpson. Made from reclaimed fijian mahogany and hand blown glass.

pandanus dog shelter

Woven pandanus dog shelter by Mavis Ganambarr (Elcho Island Arts)

Dale Hardiman designs

Reinvention of an animal shelter by Dale Hardiman (LAB DE STU) made from the biodegradable polymer Polly Popper

If you love animals and you love design, the Compassionate Voices exhibition will be right up your alley.  Launched last week, this Sydney based exhibition forms part of the Sydney Design festival, and celebrates animals, art and creativity in Australia. Design guru and sustainable design advocate Liane Rossler has waved her insightful curation brush over this event, so you can rest assured you will be in for a unique display.  And we all have the opportunity to bid on each artists designs whether in person or online tonight!

The Compassionate Voices exhibition is a collaboration between animal protection institute Voiceless, Australian homeware and furniture store Koskela and 31 innovative Australian artists specifically selected by Liane.  Standing alone, you may wonder what these organisations and designers have in common.  Collectively they stand united, sharing their vision of a world where animals are treated with compassion and respect. Together, they give animals a voice. Celebrating their 10th year, Voiceless advocates animal protection, and are driving reform, promoting informed debate and shining the light on cruelty in factory farming practices and kangaroo cullings.

Artist Jasmine Targett architecture for bees

Architecture for Bees by Jasmine Targett. Made with hand blown glass originally engineered for the visor of NASA’s space suit helmets.

Sassy Park ceramics

Brush Bronzewing and Red-tailed Phascogale bowl by Sassy Park

On 14 August (yes tonight!), Compassionate Voices is hosting a gala evening at Koskela in Rosebery which anyone can attend (see ticket details below) and it looks like it will be an entertaining evening for all.  Renowned Australian neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo AM is officiating as master of ceremonies. Christies auctionneer Ronan Sulish will be eyeing off the crowd and holding up the hammer over a selection of fabulous artworks spanning multiple disciplines. James Draper and Jordan Brady of Winterbourne will be performing live. Children are welcome to attend, enjoy the artwork and can get involved in a special craft workshop.  All this whilst chowing down on delicious vegan cuisine made by Kitchen By Mike – WOW. What a night! If you are not in Sydney or cannot attend the opening night, but want to support this great cause fear not!  In the modern age of technology you can still get involved by bidding online for both special items being offered up on gala night, and others in the exhibition until 7 September 2014.


There are so many beautiful pieces of art on offer, and todays image’s offer just a taste of the fabulously curated exhibition pieces.    Proceeds of the sales will be donated to Voiceless.  You can get behind this cause and show your support for Voiceless by purchasing a ticket, registering to bid on the artworks for the silent and the live auction, by providing a donation (click on links below) or just by sharing this article and helping to spread the word far and wide!.


Compassionate Voices Exhibition
9 August – 7 September 2014
koskela gallery, rosebery, Sydney.


Date Thursday, 14 August 2014
Time 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Venue Koskela
1/85 Dunning Avenue
Rosebery NSW 2018

Tickets: $150 Adults \ $50 – children

or go online to bid


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