SIXTH: The artists support the homeless of Athens

The power of art is once again employed to change life for the better. The artistic community is rallying this year to support the homeless people of Athens and the work of CLIMAKA NGO through “SLEEPING”, the annual exhibition of artAZ’s art platform. “SURPRISE 9” will be hosted at GRA K44 in Gazi, between 23-25 November 2018.

SLEEPING is a visual feast that highlights the social face of Contemporary Art and along with the dominant artistic trends of the time. The initiative was launched in 2009 and since then more than 2,000 artists from around the world have supported the campaign by offering their projects to support our fellow human beings. This is a collective effort of the visual world.

SURPRISING IX

Each year about 300 small-scale projects are gathered, all of them available for a symbolic amount of 50 €. The reason; Everyone can participate in the effort. The participating artists cover the whole range: from first-time to internationally acclaimed, while the participation of foreign artists is also important. But there is a peculiarity: the artist’s identity is secret. The projects are signed on the back side, encouraging the public to choose only with personal taste. Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to enhance the purpose of acquiring an already valuable work, or one that may be of great value soon. But they will certainly get a project they chose because they like it.

HOW IT WORKS

Interested parties can start by studying artworks online at artAZ and pre-selecting the codes of their choice at www.artaz.gr/surprise. New projects are added on a daily basis until the opening of the exhibition. Between 23-25 November 2018 SURPRISE 9 will be transferred to the “K44” area for live exhibition and sale of the works. Please note that projects are available in order of priority.

Parallel Actions

In the framework of “SURPRISE 9”, a silent auction of larger projects will be held in the exhibition. The auction process is open and will end on Sunday 25 November 2018.

The exhibition will present at the same time an exhibition of the works of the book “The Greek Art from A to Z”, which was just released by Alexandra Kololou, curator of “SURPRISE 9” and Key Books. The author has transformed the book’s illustrations into paintings, which will be made available through an original system as a visual game – everyone can offer what they want to get them. Also, for each copy of the book to be released in the report, Key Books will offer 20% of the amount to support the goal of SURPRISE 9.

For artists who are interested in supporting the initiative, we note that the campaign is taking hold until the last minute.

About the CLIMATE

CLIMAX is a non-profit social organization that provides multi-faceted services to socially excluded people, aiming at upgrading their quality of life and social reintegration. Since 2001 we have been implementing a comprehensive support program for our homeless fellow citizens, including actions ranging from prevention to rehabilitation. More information can be found at www.klimaka.org.gr

About artAZ

The artistic platform of artAZ functions as a bridge between the Greek and the global art scene, aiming at the promotion of Greek art abroad as well as in the rallying of the local art community in order to strengthen it. More information about artAZ can be found at www.artaz.gr.