Because of Winn-Dixie

The title Because of Winn-Dixie is borrowed from a children’s novel written by Kate DiCamillo (published in 2000) about a 10-year-old girl name Opal, who has just moved to the fictional small town of Naomi. While in the Winn-Dixie supermarket (of same town), she encounters a scruffy, trouble-making Berger Picard. Opal quickly claims the dog as her own and names it, after the supermarket, “Winn-Dixie”.

Winn-Dixie goes on to become friends with everyone he encounters, and so Opal makes some new friends in the process. The little story has a nice way of illustrating how friendships can sneak up on you ‘like a sudden summer storm’ as the quote goes and this is what the auction represents for SixtyEight. This is event is a 100% fundraising initiative, seeking philanthropic support from artistic peers and art enthusiasts. SixtyEight is at this moment developing a new strategy for its future sustainability and aim to relaunch formally as SixtyEight Art Institute in early 2016.

Our new strategy will build on the history of SixtyEight as we continue to strengthen the dialogue, discourse and exchange between Danish artists and their peers from around the world.


The Benefit Auction: ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’, Sunday 13 December 2015.

From 16.00 - 18.00 the inspection of works will take place.

From 19.00 - 21.00 the live auction will be hosted by the performance artist Olof Olsson.



The auction will be held live at SixtyEight gallery space at Volkendorfsgade 11 and we are proud to be able to present Olof Olsson as the evening’s auctioneer. Drinks will be severed and with the occasion for all to meet new friends, peers and networks, and of course, have some fun.


SixtyEight has exhibited a range of artists, from different geographical and educational backgrounds over the last 4 years and the auction will reflect a similar diversity of works and artists. This fundraising event will help to build a future for SixtyEight, but simultaneously gives the participating artist a chance to get a percentage of the work sold. Suggested donations can range from 25% up to 100 % (or full donation) of the total value of the artwork that has been submitted to the auction. We have invited artists; many of who have previously shown works in SixtyEight, but have also invited a range of more established artists to submit works for the auction.