Creations donated by more than 50 artists from across the region will be auctioned off to raise vital funds to help prevent family and domestic violence in the Great Southern. Albany Family and Domestic Violence Action Group and Soroptimist International of Albany have launched their first online art auction fundraiser in the hope of raising $10,000 for a new community family and domestic violence prevention program. Pieces donated by 55 artists from Albany and Denmark will be available to bidders, with the catalogue available for viewing and registrations open from July 1 and bidding from July 7-14. The charities hope to use the funds to establish a program for schools and workplaces that raises awareness about family and domestic violence, and respectful relationships. “There has been such an increase in incidents in the last few years that we have to do more to turn this around, and that means we need to do more work about preventing these issues before they arise,” Albany Soroptimists president Bronwyn Lyons said. “We can do that by raising awareness and teaching our students and workers about ways that they can help each other. “I know people find it hard to talk about these issues but it’s happening in every corner of our community and we need to do more. “Anyone who wants to support us can go online and register for the auction or just make an online donation — every little bit helps.” Paintings, pottery, woodwork, photography and jewellery are some of the items set to be auctioned. “We are so grateful for the support we have received from local artists in Albany and Denmark in particular,” Ms Lyons said. “This has truly been a local community grassroots effort, but it will only be successful if people register their intention to bid and participate.” Access the auction here.