Art for Eva | Ryan Renshaw Gallery

9 December, 2010

EXHIBITION Art for Eva
GALLERY Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia
DATE 14 December, 2010 (One night only)
ARTISTS Tony Albert, Ben Ali Ong, Peter Alwast, Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan, Eleanor & James Avery, Anna Carey, Emma Darrouzet, Kim Demuth, Roger D’Souza, Stacie Gibson, Nathan Gray, Irene Hanenberg, Amanda Harris, PJ Hickman, Petrina Hicks, Nat Koyama, Peter Madden, Jen Marchant, Alasdair Macintyre, Donna Marcus, Daniel Marsden, Phoebe McDonald, Kath McLean, Scott Miles, Sebastian Moody, John Nicholson, Jesse Olsen, Zoe Porter, Marissa Purcell, Emma Reilly, Bruce Reynolds, Pia Robinson, Luisa Rossitto, Nike Savvas, Carly Scoufos, Kate Shaw, Belinda Smith, Gemma Smith, Hannah Smith, Martin Smith, Bryan Spier, Genevieve Staines, Jerko Starcevic, Matthew Tobin, Daniel Tobin, Alanah Walker, Judy Watson, Jo Woolley, Michael Zavros

50 artists have contributed works for a Charity Exhibition to raise the profile of Retts Syndrome and to raise funds to purchase necessary equipment for 3-year-old Eva D’Souza, who suffers from the neurodevelopment disorder.

Emma, Eva’s mum explains,”Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins to affect normal developmental milestones at around 6-18 months of age and nearly always affects girls. It is caused by a fault in a gene whose role is to instruct other genes to switch off and on. Loss of purposeful hand use is usually replaced with hand-wringing or mouthing and in most girls there is complete loss of verbal and physical skills. Other symptoms include seizures, spinal curvature, gastro-intestinal problems and heart disturbance.  Eva has some but not all of the aforementioned Rett symptoms and we try to keep some at bay with lots of physical therapy and dietary changes. Since 1993 an Australia-wide study, which is the only population-based collection of Rett syndrome in the world, has been investigating this disorder. Rett syndrome affects 1 in 9000 girls in Australia.”

The artists, an eclectic mix of established and emerging, local and international, have donated the artworks which will each be sold on the night for the same fixed sum. All proceeds will go to a fund for Eva.

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