In response to the global pandemic, many brands and corporations have launched efforts to help support the fight against COVID-19. From stay-at-home concerts that fund research to fashion manufactories transforming into medical mask and gown providers, the response has been impressive to say the least. It goes without saying that coming together in this time of crisis is of the utmost importance and one such way to do that is through art.
The Wellbeing Project, a co-created initiative focused on cultivating social change culture, has partnered with design lab Amplifier to launch a global call for art and competition campaign centred on mental health and wellbeing in challenging times. After all, as Amplifier beautifully puts it: “Your art has power. Art can heal, art can save lives, and art can bring us together even while we are apart.”
The art competition calls for two kinds of work
- Public health and safety messages to help flatten the outbreak curve through visuals of education
- Illustrations and symbols to promote mental health, well-being, and social change work during these stressful times
While expressing and exploring public safety and mental health, the competition also aims to support its art community and will award 60 artists with a cash prize worth US$1,000 each. Winning works will be announced each week during the month of April and then distributed online and in the physical locations too. What’s more, the art panel includes some of the world’s top art curators including Curator of Guggenheim Nancy Spector, American contemporary street artist Shepard Fairy and fashion designer Vivienne Tam — who is the only Hong Kong judge on the jury.
Click through the gallery below for some of our favourite works we’ve seen so far
The global call for art ends on Thursday, 30 April 2020. To submit your art work, or find out more, click on the Amplifier website here.