CoolTan Arts presents A Postcard to the World

A Postcard to the World is a Mail Art project documenting Londoners’ feelings about the Olympic & Paralympic Games 2012
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Over the coming year, CoolTan Arts, a Southwark based arts-in-mental health charity will run a pan-London project, including a series of workshops and exhibitions, called ‘A Postcard to the World.’ This exciting and diverse project, with international reach, will give participants the chance to create original postcard artwork, sharing their thoughts and feelings about London 2012.

flowerFrom summer 2012 through till spring 2013 CoolTan will run a series of free art workshops in Southwark and Hackney, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council. The sessions, led by a diverse group of professional artists using a selection of different mediums, will be open to all people with experience of mental distress and the wider London public who are experiencing the impact of the Olympic Games.

Inspired by the International Mail Art movement, where artworks are mailed, project participants will use the iconic ‘postcard’ as a blank canvas to create individual artworks. Each postcard will aim to tell you something about its sender and their place in time.

Throughout the workshops, participants will be encouraged to explore their relationship to the 2012 Olympics, in terms of its proximity to theirlondon2012 daily lives and their resulting emotional and behavioural responses to the event. The artwork will aim to map their personal psychogeography, give marginalised people a voice, and celebrate the contribution all Londoners can make to this historic Olympic event.

Artwork created will be shared publicly from August onwards in partner locations around London and internationally – through the postal network, online exchange, social media, and use of the Mail Art Network. A touring exhibition including pop–up shows and live public interventions will tour to ten London venues, including Hackney Museum, The Cuming Museum, South London Gallery, South London and Maudsley Hospital and Tate Modern.

Michelle Baharier, CoolTan Arts CEO and lead artist on the project said: - “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to record a usually undocumented history of the games. We hope that this inclusive project will enable people to tell their own stories of the Olympics and create new positive representations of disability. Britain has a very important legacy in the creation of the Paralympics and we want to celebrate that”.

Visit our blog: apostcardtotheworld.blogspot.com to find out how you can take part in A Postcard to the World

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