Artists make our lives beautiful
Art draws attention to what we miss in the daily whirlwind. Art provokes conversation, debate and sometimes even protest. Art can stop time. Expand our sense of appreciation and wonder. . . Art is an essential to life - feeding an inner hunger for perspective, freedom and meaning.
Artists do more than just create objects of beauty. They show us how to see the world in new, more powerful and humane ways. They facilitate a different, deeper, and more mysterious relationship with society ... and alter our relationship with the world.
Artists are agents of change and social justice. They remove themselves from the everyday to focus on what matters to us as human beings. They are passionate about the world we live in and the ills we as people live by. They solve these concerns through their art. Their method of expression is their art.
What we stand for?
This summer is a great example of how society has chosen to stand up and say enough is enough and take action. The Black Lives Matters global movement has encouraged people globally to stand up. Say we are all tired of how things are. We need to finally put an end to what we all agree is a social disease. Racism is not the only form of social disease we have been incubating in society. People Trafficking. The refugee crisis. Drug abuse. Domestic violence are other examples. These issues go unreported or under reported.
In the case of the refugee crisis. There is a deep passion among our customers and artists to support displaced people. There are over 70 million people suffering from displacement globally. This is the population larger than that of France. Climate change and conflict are two of the biggest drivers of displacement.
Yet, the artists feel the mechanisms they have at their disposal to help are limited. They know refugees need support and they want to help, but aren’t sure what the best way to go about this is. This is what arts4refugees is all about. We ensure the refugee communities we work with are supported through a cycle. We support them rebuild their lives and earn a decent living.
We have dedicated years to making sure these passionate artists earn a decent living. All while they continue bringing change to our lives. They can continue to play vital yet under valued roles in our society. With your support these artists can impact people across the world.
This is why we at arts4refugees are here. We work with you to ensure these precious members of society can carry on making our lives beautiful. So, every product you buy helps these artists earn a decent living. Profits transform refugees into entrepreneurs in low income post conflict communities. Remember that image, remember that picture, remember that moment. Remember that life changing experience. That is the power of your gifts to your friends and family.
92% of artists operate as a business of one. This means they have to work on building their brand and generating their artwork at the same. Balancing these competing interests is hard. An artist has to move between two these two mindsets. The artist's mindset encourages them to think outside of the box and be original. The business mindset is focused on practical everyday issues. Examples, like how many artworks do you need to sell to pay the bills. How do they take care of their kids if there is a shutdown like Covid?
In the age of Covid there is more uncertainty. Not knowing if their traditional channels for engaging the public will still work. Visual artists traditionally engage with their audiences at Galleries. There is no certainty these channels will support visual artists going forwards. Without these physical engagements they stand to lose 90% of their income.
Building a digital relationship with artists
Each product in our catalogue has been chosen by the artists themselves. They have placed their images onto these products themselves. So, when you buy a T-shirt, A Tote Bag, a phone case, it is like buying a piece of art from the artists themselves. All these products are made to order, so the impact on the planet is lowered as well.
This relationship is available to you as well. Without needing to pay hundreds of bucks you too can be a member of the artists supporter base. You too are supporting us all in leading more beautiful lives. Each gift you give to your friends and family impacts their lives as well. Join us here and help us build a beautiful world.
The two artists we are starting this movement with are Lucia Colella and Harper Bizarre Art . They are two London based visual artists. We have been working with them for the last year identifying their deep pain points. We have evolved a solution that allows them to engage you. You, their supporter base. Allowing them to continue their great work of supporting our society. While earning a decent living at the same time.
Harper Bizarre Art, for instance, is a member of ‘Secret Society Of Super Villain Artists . Banksy is rumoured to be a member of this society as well. She is also a featured artist in the money art project. She has exhibited at the Tate, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery and Wien Museum in Vienna.
This is one of Harper Bizarre Art 's images you can buy as a gift for your friends and family. It is available on eco friendly tote bags, T-Shirts and other items chosen by her. Here is more info.
Just to remind you these items are only produced if you demand them. This way we consume less of the planet's resources while allowing you to enjoy the arts on everyday items.
Lucia has trained at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art. She has a BA from De Montfort University in Art and History of art and design. She also painted costumes for Cats the musical, Riverdance and Beauty and the Beast Theatre productions.
Lucia's approach to art is to lose herself in her music and let the flow take over. She feels this helps the heart take over the mind and just let things happen. She understands this flow will generate great art, but cannot tell you what it will look like till it is ready.
She placed her images on tote bags, phone cases, baby suits and more. Have a look at her full collection here. Our approach allows you to share the beauty her art work generates more widely among society. So try it and let's see what your friends and family make of it.
The talented artists we work with have a passion for creating a beautiful world. They have the power to change our lives, but need your support in ensuring their message gets through. This is the support you our customers provide. This is the power your gifts will make to your friends and family. So, join us in making life beautiful for all of us. The full gifts collection is here.