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7.5.2020 Art And About Africa

ART: AN ESSENTIAL NEED
Emergency Grants for artists living in Africa

ART is part of our daily lives, perhaps now more than ever, ART in all its forms is helping us during this time. For this reason, we need to come together to support artists.
Together, we can support the artists living in Africa to overcome this challenging moment, as art fairs have been postponed, galleries temporarily closed and public exhibitions have been canceled, the artists have seen vanishing opportunities to sell their artworks.
Art: an Essential Need (ArtEN) is a crowdfunded art initiative that aims to rapidly provide emergency grants to artists living in Africa.

ACT NOW: buy the eBook : (crowdfunding platform)

100% of the net amount collected from this project will be distributed in equal shares to all the artists who contributed to the eBook, Art: An Essential Need.

We are in this together, we are looking for a deep involvement from all people, a collective call to action for Art!
A physical exhibit is planned once the world situation will allow it.
Date and place to be decided.

#ARTANESSENTIALNEED
#TOGETHERWEART

Go to the crowdfunding platform


Partners and supporters:

A&K | Africa Legal Network
ArtNomadeMilan
Rebecca Anne Proctor
Efro&Co
ELA – Espaço Luanda Arte
AIR
AKKA Project
Camerapix
Ihoby Lysiane Rabarijohn
Mixtura
Lightbox
Nahla Ink
Wanuri Kahiu
Osengwa

Guest Artists:
Cyrus Kabiru
Goncalo Mabunda
Pedro Pires
Linda Hollier
Mariska Nell

Be our partner, send us an email for details: hello@artandaboutafrica.com

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Despite the feeling of impotence in the face of a deadly invisible virus, and the forced and needed self-enclosure to fight it, we believe it is necessary to engage in something concrete and take the actions we can, despite an unclear future.

At Art And About Africa, we find it really important – now more than ever – to be highly receptive and invest the majority of our effort into transforming, for the better, this radical event that is rapidly changing our society.

As a global lockdown persists and affects millions of people and the world economy suffers, some of the African communities are seeing the prices of every commodity rising and the supply shortages, and this may just worsen in the long run.

As the platform which aims to provide as much information on contemporary art from the African continent as possible, we decided to launch #ARTANESSENTIALNEED, the Emergency Grants.
Art in all its forms, through music, movies, visuals, and much more, is helping us all during our time in quarantine.

But, who is helping the Artist?

With our contribution, in exchange for the publication and the artworks, we can make sure that artists and their art will endure and continue into the future. Together, we can support the artists living in Africa to overcome this challenging moment, as art fairs have been postponed, galleries temporarily closed and public exhibitions have been canceled, the artists have seen vanishing opportunities to sell their artworks.
Therefore the initiative of ART: AN ESSENTIAL NEED, Emergency Grants: to show to the artists’ communities that we care about them and we got their backs so that they can continue producing art, the same art that has always been so essential in our lives!

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YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED 
We are in this together, we are looking for a deep involvement from all people, a collective call to action for Art!

FASE 1
Call for Artists – ends 10.5.2020
Artists above 18 years old with more than 3 years of artistic career can participate. 

All the submitted works will be then collected in a digital publication Art: an Essential Need featuring the artists and their works. 

Requirements:
-Full-time artists with 3 years of an artistic career with at least 2 exhibitions/ shows in the portfolio;
-Artist currently living in Africa;
-Artist 18+ years old;

How to participate:
-Send us a short video saying how you feel about this initiative
-Fill in the submission form (download)
-Send us your work before 10th May 2020 by email 
-Answer the questions

Call for Guest Artists
Internationally recognized artists that have been inspirational role models and success stories all invited to contribute as “guest artists”. Their support and involvement will give strength and will be highly emulated and appreciated by the entire community. Their contribution will be included in the publication but the “guest artist” are not be eligible for the financial share.

Call for Creative Spaces
call to take part in the project, by helping us promote the initiative among your artists and contacts. Together, we can support the artists living in Africa to overcome this challenging moment, a deep involvement from all people, art spaces and institutions, are needed during this time that we are all experiencing.
The supporting art spaces will have their names on the website project page as partners of the initiative.

FASE 2
Call to Everyone – ends 31.5.2020

Call to Art Lovers, Art Supporters and people that love beauty to contribute to the cause by buying the eBook, so that collected money can help the artists in this difficult moment.

ACT NOW: buy the eBook : (crowdfunding platform)

A selection of rewards to choose from is available on our crowdfunding platform.

We thank you all for your time and help in making this initiative a successful story!

FASE 3
Distribution of funds
100% of the net amount collected from this project will be distributed in equal shares to all the artists who contributed to the eBook, Art: An Essential Need.

#ARTANESSENTIALNEED
#TOGETHERWEART

For further information or media kit please send us an email: email

Thank you!
Lidija and ArtAndAboutAfrica Team

 

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