Passion for Freedom art festival - call for entries 2015
Deadline: 18 September 2015
Application fee: £20
CALL FOR ENTRIES - 7th INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION – PASSION FOR FREEDOM, London
DEADLINE for Artists’ submissions: 18 SEPTEMBER 2015
FOR: Submissions from visual artists working in the following mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, print making, photography, mixed media, installation, performance and video.
Artists are asked to respond to the following questions or one of them through their work and a short artist statement discussing their work (online form – one of the sections):
WHAT IS FREEDOM?
HOW EASY IS IT TO LOSE IT?
HOW HARD IS IT TO GET IT BACK?
The festival will take place in Autumn 2015 in central London. Gallery venue to be confirmed at the later date.
For more details, Terms & Conditions please visit our website: www.passionforfreedom.co.uk
PAYMENTS: via Paypal
FEE: £20 submission fee/each artwork submitted
So far the competition has featured hundreds of artists from all over the world, including Sarah Maple, Steve Rosenthal, Robb Leech, Firoozeh Bazrafkan, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou among others.
"Brave" artists from around the world such as Ai Weiwei (who spent three months in prison and is banned from contacting the media), Jafar Panahi (several times arrested on charges of propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran), Johan van der Dong (no gallery in Europe has courage to show his work for the fear of attacks), Ferri Farahmandi, Azadeh Behroozi and many others, showed their works at the PFF festival and still have the courage to create despite the threats to their lives and the safety of their family. Some are forced to hide behind a pseudonym; others withdraw their works or self-censor themselves to avoid "offending religious feelings".
“I was so delighted to take part in the Passion for Freedom project. I was born and brought up in Aden, South Yemen where Male domination was and continues to be the norm. As a teenager I ran away from home to avoid an arranged marriage to an older man. I have had a good life, but only because I had the courage to stand up and declare my right to be free.
The Passion for Freedom project embodies everything that I believe and it was the most amazing platform for my deeply personal work. I want the world to know that the oppression of women and girls must stop and that we must always question the rules of our cultures.”
Tasleem Mulhall (Yemen/UK)
Shortlisted Artist 2014
“Freedom is a fragile balance and they stated this with their beautiful view and exhibition they worked on so carefully and balanced. This festival deserves worldwide recognition and attention. It has more than proven its existence because it shows us how precious peace, freedom and security are”
Johan van der Dong (Netherland)
Shortlisted Artist 2012