Art: An Essential Need. Emergency Grants for artists living in Africa
In order to create a virtual connection against the physical walls of isolation, and to raise funds to support artists living in Africa, Art and About Africa – a new online platform to give voice and support the fast-rising art scene on the African continent – asked the artists to share their thoughts and artworks, through an open call on Art and About Africa website, so to collect the necessary material for the creation of an eBook to be sold on indiegogo.com crowdfunding platform together with limited edition prints and original works from guest artists.
The money collected from this initiative will creates the Emergency Grants: Art: an essential Need which will be shared equally among all participating artists.
Despite the feeling of impotence in the face of a deadly invisible virus, and the forced and needed self-enclosure to fight it, Art and About Africa believes it is necessary to engage in something concrete and take the actions we can despite an unclear future. As a global lockdown persists and affects billions of people and the world economy suffers, some of 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, they decided to launch #ARTANESSENTIALNEED, the emergency grands.
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 cancelled, the artists have seen vanishing opportunities to sell their artworks.
Through the crowdfunding platform indiegogo.com in exchange for the digital publication and other perks, we can make our contribution, and help the artists and their art continue into the future.
A physical exhibit is planned once the world situation will allow it. Date and place to be decided.