Story Factory Art Auction 2021

Exhibition to raise funds for creative writing programs for Story Factory students.

Over 40 of Australia’s leading contemporary  artists are donating artworks to our Story Factory fundraising exhibition and  auction to be held at the Olsen Gallery, and online this April. Artworks by Paul Connor, Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy, Fiona Lowry, Chris Langlois, and Leila Jeffreys feature in the exhibition available for purchase through an online silent auction.

Guy Maestri, Blak Douglas, Euan Macleod and Peter O’Doherty have donated works to be auctioned at the invitation only live auction event. If you are interested in purchasing these works, please email us.

All proceeds from the sale of artwork go to running our creative writing programs.


Louise Olsen, ‘Dream Garden 1’ and Leila Jeffreys, ‘Amanda Orange Chat’ both available as part of the online auction.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday 6 April – Saturday 10  April at  the Olsen Annexe, 74 Queen Street, Woollahra.  The selection of artworks are for sale by silent  auction  online. You can place your bid and view the artworks through the button below.

Cancelled a week out from being held in March 2020 when the pandemic hit, the  art  auction  is Story Factory’s opportunity to raise funds to run literacy workshops across Sydney for more than 5,000 students every year.

COVID-19 has caused the existing educational gap of three years between advantaged and disadvantaged students to widen even more, making the auction more critical than ever in raising much-needed funds.

You can bid on an artwork at the link above or visit the Olsen Annexe between 6 – 10 April to see them hanging. All proceeds from this year’s  auction  will be used to support the creativity and literacy of young people who are  Indigenous, from language backgrounds other than English, from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, or marginalised in other ways.

Artists  participating in the  online auction:

Margaret Ackland, Svetlana Bailey, Jason Benjamin, Stephen Bird, Kurt Brereton, Keith Burt, Tom Carment, Paul Connor, Claudia Damichi, Michael Fitzjames, Becky Gibson, Melinda Harper, Leila Jeffreys, Locust Jones, Robert Klippel, Jasper Knight, Chris Langlois, Owen Leong, Fiona Lowry, Dean Manning, James McGrath, Heather Mitchell, Antonia Mrljak, Susan O’Doherty, Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy, Jess Orrego, Philjames, James Powditch, Marisa Purcell, Olivier Rasir, Peter Simpson, Telly Tu’u, Louise Tuckwell, Chris Van Otterloo, Zoe Young.

Artists participating in the live auction

Blak Douglas, Euan Macleod, Guy Maestri, Peter O’Doherty.

Thanks also to donations from Margot McKinney, Julia Baird, Leigh Sales, Leta Keens, Michael Gonski, Riptide Prints and Oscar & Friends Booksellers.

Image in banner taken from ‘Residue Matter’ by Olivier Rasir.