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SSRI wishes to thank Designer Rugs for raising $51,000 in their recent charity fund raising drive dubbed, "The Rug Project," a portion of the proceeds of which has kindly been donated to SSRI.

Designer Rugs joined forces with Virginia Wilson of Virginia Wilson Art in inviting seven of Australia's leading contemporary artists to create single edition wall and floor rugs that both extend their art practice and broaden the style of rugs produced by Designer Rugs.  Their creations were then auctioned for charity on 27 August 2008 at the funky new space b2 Studios, Alexandria.

Artists participating in The Rug Project were Shaun Gladwell (recently selected to represent Australia at the next Venice Biennale), Newell Harry, Clinton Nain, Hossein Valamanesh, Justin Trendall, Kirsteen Pieterse and Gemma Smith.  They were selected by a committee consisting of Christine Morrow - curator, Museum of Contemporary Art; David Clark - editor, Vogue Living; Ewen McDonald – Museum of Contemporary Art; Paul Flynn - editor, Artist Profile; Sue Cato - director, Cato Counsel and a director of the Museum of Contemporary Art; Virginia Wilson - Virginia Wilson Art; and Yosi Tal - managing director, Designer Rugs.

The invitation-only auction's MC for the evening was David Clark, editor of Vogue Living, with Paul Sumner of Mossgreen taking the spotlight as auctioneer.  The guests at the event were a veritable who's who of Australia's serious art collectors and connoisseurs, each looking to take away a piece of local art history for their home or office.

Over two decades Designer Rugs has forged a reputation as a maker of premium rugs. More than simply a manufacturer, the Designer Rugs team oversees true craftsmanship of an ever changing collection of designs. Designer Rugs specialises in custom made design and sizing, fusing modern design with traditional craftsmanship to create an exclusive range of hand-woven rugs, as well as signature collections by their unique artists and designers.

Virginia Wilson is a Sydney based art consultant who provides comprehensive advice within the Australian contemporary art market, specializing in working closely with architects and developers on site specific installations.

This project was made possible by the support of the corporate sector and the visual arts community including principal sponsors Gadens Lawyers, Principle Advisory Services, Blacksheep Productions, b2 Studios and Vogue Living Magazine.  100% of the proceeds of the auction were donated to charity.