The CreateArt4Hope Campaign has been organised by The Visual Artists Association as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. 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.
Profits of donations will be given to the Charity Mind; For more than over 60 years Mind has worked to improve the lives of all people with experience of mental health problems. We chose to work with Mind because we know that art can have a positive impact on those who suffer with mental health issues.
As a thank you for supporting the fund, all those who donate will receive a limited edition collection of luxurious artwork from 4 of the UK's leading artists;
If you would like to know more about us and where your donation goes click here.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. #CREATEART4HOPE Create a piece of artwork you think will bring hope to those who need it.
Then head on over to our Facebook community page where you can share your artwork.
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.
Tag your post with @mindcharity #CREATEART4HOPE
2. Share our Story. Spread the word and share our webpage and social media handles.
4. SUBMIT ART ... for consideration. Do you want to be one of our artist patrons? Email us with your website, social links and bio!
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 of grant of £10,000. The first phase of applications are open from 18th May and will close on 17th June 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.