A Bracknell Forest councillor is calling on artists for an inspiring initiative for 2021. Deputy Mayor Michael Gbadebo is seeking artists’ help to celebrate the values of kindness and togetherness in society, and to raise money for local charities.
“I believe art has the power to connect with every soul, and there is no better medium to help achieve the positivity I would love to see in our society,” Councillor Gbadebo explains.
The project is looking for 52 talented artists, who will be asked to donate a newly created painting that expresses their understanding of kindness and/or togetherness. Beginning next spring, one artwork from the project will be revealed per week, until all 52 are exhibited together. The collection will then go on permanent display in a public space, offering members of the community a permanent reminder to seek out and celebrate the things we share in common, and which unite us.
The project is aiming to raise money for local charities by creating 1,000 prints of each artwork, which will be offered for sale at £5 each. At the end of the year a booklet featuring all 52 works will also be published, with all profits from its sale donated to charity.
How can artists help?
Artists will be asked to create a new painting on canvas or paper that captures their understanding of kindness and/or togetherness. Works should be A4 or A5 in size, and must be submitted by the 28th March 2021. Artists are also asked to accompany their painting with a short statement (200–500 words in length) to help viewers understand its inspiration. All contributing artists will receive a copy of the project catalogue in gratitude for their help in enabling the initiative.
For further information, or to submit your work for consideration, please email Councillor Gbadebo (firstname.lastname@example.org).