‘United Against Corona’ art competition opens

Rokiah Mahmud

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with its focus on building cultural links with countries around the world and connecting people through Cultural and Educational exchanges, offers Indian nationals and citizens of the world to express these emotions through a competition entitled ‘United Against Corona – Express Through Art.’

The competition is open to all amateur and professional artists from India and the world over in all age categories.

The event encourages submissions of artistic expressions to present their emotions, feelings, ideas and innovative thoughts on the COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine and the fight against the virus through the following media that include Paintings on Canvas or Paper using oil, water colours, pencil, crayons ; and Digital Art that is Graphic Posters & Paintings.

There are four main categories – Contemporary Art; Folk and Tribal Art; Cartoons and Illustrations; and Digital and New Age Art. Entries can be obtained from the following categories – Professional Artists; Amateur Artists; Children and Students below the age of 21.

Participants are required to send high resolution photos (up to a maximum 10MB) of their work to ICCR by May 1. A high level jury consisting of eminent artists and cultural persons will select the best works. Attractive prizes shall be given to winning entries.

Best of the expressions will be exhibited in leading galleries in India and abroad. A permanent online exhibition will also be on display. A grand event will be held in New Delhi with a cultural extravaganza and prize giving ceremony, dates for which will be fixed depending on resolution of the COVID-19 crisis.

ICCR believes that art gives us hope, purpose and a desire to see beyond the problems of these difficult times. This competition is an effort to develop solidarity among the peoples and to bring together expressions of similar emotions being experienced in all countries.

“Over centuries, humanity has shown great resilience in overcoming unsettling times and we would like to capture this moment, record this period through the pure expression of art. The hand of the artist freezes time and for eternity captures the essence of the emotions of society in that moment,” said the ICCR in a press statement.

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine have separated people physically, but in a unique way this has brought people even closer with a great appreciation of humanity’s common fate. In this time, virtual space can serve as an analogue to the physical space providing a platform for the intermingling of ideas and art. That is why ICCR is holding this competition in cyberspace, a place where all can be together while being apart.

Participation details and guidelines are available on www.iccr.gov.in. For queries, write to [email protected]