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February 13 2017

Art is not elitist | The latest from Arterial Network Seychelles

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Kaz Zanana, Victoria, Seychelles
8 October 2016

The Big Draw Festival is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing and its patrons include the likes of Quentin Blake, Andrew Marr, Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, David Hockney OM CH, Sir Roger Penrose OM, Gerald Scarfe CBE, Posy Simmonds MBE and the Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

The 2016 theme was ‘The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival.’ Combining Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths, STEAM represents a campaign that aims to give the arts parity with other subjects so that STEM, becomes STEAM.

Every year during the month of October, thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities connect people of all ages with schools, galleries, museums, libraries, heritage sites, village halls, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators, and more. In 2015, events took place on seven continents and reached 400,000 people.

The Big Draw Seychelles was a one-day event. Held as a community engagement initiative, the event brought students together to draw, think and share, and was produced in partnership with Hunt Deltel & Co Ltd. Secondary Schools on Mahé and the Seychelles Institute of Art and Design were invited to take part in this exciting international project that produced a collaborative mural under the theme ‘Seychellois Faces’ on Saturday the 8th of October 2016. The completed works were displayed outside The Boathouse, the famous restaurant on the island’s biggest beach, during the international Kreol Festival event (23rd to 26th October 2016).

Kaz Zanana, Victoria, Seychelles
15 October 2016

Arterial Network’s Cultural Management programme aims to promote continuing professionalisation of the sector and limiting the dependence on foreign expertise through local workshops and courses.The methods employed were based on a combination of group discussions, presentations and group work, as well as challenge and build sessions in order to create a participant centric platform. This created a conducive environment for the participants to reflect, share, challenge, refine and consolidate their understanding of key principles and best practices of Arts marketing.

Kaz Zanana, Victoria, Seychelles
3 - 16 December 2016

In December 2016, Arterial Network Seychelles launched the third annual Affordable ARTerial Fair. Twenty-four of Seychelles' leading visual artists exhibited new work which was ‘priced to sell’ at the Kaz Zanana Gallery located on Revolution Avenue, Victoria.

This is the third year running that Arterial Network Seychelles has organised such an event and last year's show kept its promise to be unprecedented in terms of size and quality, with a greater number of artists exhibiting a broader range of work. For the first time, international artists joined their Seychellois peers, including Gilberte Marimootoo Natchoo from Mauritius and Wesley Pepper from South Africa.

George Camille, Arterial Network Seychelles Chairperson and continental Deputy Chairperson, promoted the concept of the show as 'Art for all' saying: “Sometimes art is seen as an elitist activity, both in terms of the people who make it and those who buy it, but Arterial Network promotes collecting art as something that can enrich the lives of all.”

Ilaria Isola Tournier
Arterial Network Seychelles Project Administrator

Contact Arterial Network Seychelles by clicking here.

Photos Credits
1 - 5: Joe Lawrence, Seychelles News Agency
​6 - 11: Arterial Network Seychelles

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