WHO ARE WE?
We are an emergency fund raising appeal created by The Visual Artists Association, to support mental health charities in delivering front line services. By donating to the appeal, you will be helping to save lives. Proceeds go to mental health charities. By way of thanking you for your donation, leading British artists have donated a limited edition set of prints which you can claim (just pay postage & packaging). To support this appeal, we have also created a social media movement #CREATEART4HOPE to connect people during this period of uncertainty and social isolation.
WHERE DOES OUR MONEY GO?
The Hive Youth Zone is a purpose-built facility for young people aged 8-19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities. Opened in 2017 it delivers great new ways of working with young people, particularly those facing some kind of disadvantage.
Charity Mind, who for more than 60 years have worked to improve the lives of all people with experience of mental health problems. The funds will be used to deliver support for front line services to support those in crisis.
WHY WERE WE FORMED?
COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 has left many people feeling isolated and vulnerable, this platform was designed to help those who are feeling isolated, still feel connected to the outside world through the form of art. Thousands of Artists have come together to share their artwork across social media platforms, to create art that raises hope and highlights beauty in these uncertain times. We want to help bring joy to people in times of uncertainty, we aim to do this through creativity, helping to build new relationships, strengthen existing ones and help express our shared identity through art.
Alone we can only do so much, but together we can do so much more.
WHO ARE THE VAA?
The Visual Artists Association (VAA) is a professional body for artists across the UK. Artists may join to gain access to a huge range of membership benefits, knowledge and experience. The VAA offers an easy and direct approach to help artists grow their art business and to successfully distribute and sell their art with the reassurance of continual mentoring and peer support. The VAA gives members the right tools to succeed including; access to a range of training, business advice services, online resources, events, as well as access to a supportive community.
The VAA started the #CREATEART4HOPE campaign to show how art can be used as a beacon of hope in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic left many people isolated and left feeling vulnerable, with the #CREATEART4HOPE platform we hope to help those who are feeling isolated, still feel connected to the outside world through the form of art. FIND OUT MORE HERE
COVID-19 CREATIVE COMMISIONS
The Visual Artists Association has created a fund for micro-commissions to be paid to artists and creators, covering a wide variety of visual art; painting drawing, sculpture, photography, glasswork and mixed media.
Artists will be able to apply for a fund of £200, from an initial grant of £10,000. The first phase of applications are open from 8th June and will close on 13th July as part of the Covid-19 international initiative #CreateArt4Hope.
Laura O’Hare, Director of the Visual Artists Association commented: “We want to help artists who have been impacted during Covid-19, as many of them have lost their income and direction because of the national shutdown. These COVID-19 #CreateArt4Hope Commissions will give artists an opportunity to express their creativity during this crisis by commissioning them to contribute to this lasting legacy. The artwork will build a unique cultural archive which will be made available online for everyone to appreciate and enjoy for many years to come.”
Applicants will be asked to provide information on previous work (brief bio, CV & 3 images) and a brief summary of the work they would like to create (in no more than 500 words and/or 1-3 images) with the micro-commission. This will be open to all members of the Visual Artists Association. Applications will be reviewed by panel of independent industry experts.
BENEFITS OF ART
Self-discovery: Creating art can help you acknowledge and recognize feelings that have been lurking in your subconscious.
Self-esteem: The process will give you a feeling of self-accomplishment which can be very valuable to improve your self-appreciation and confidence.
Emotional release: The greatest benefit of art therapy is giving you a healthy outlet for expressing and letting go all your feelings and fears. Complex emotions such as sadness or anger sometimes cannot be expressed with words. When you are unable to express yourself, but you desire emotional release, making art may help you to do it.
Stress relief: Fighting anxiety, depression or emotional trauma can be very stressful for you both mentally and physically. Creating art can be used to relieve stress and relax your mind and body.
Hopefully, now you created your art and have released some happy endorphins! Why not share with everyone on our group here? Remember there is no pressure in creating your art. This is a positive platform with the main goal of spreading awareness for people who have been affected by their mental health and how art can become a beacon of hope.
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