Call for artists for new radical project

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A new Sydney-based arts project is inviting artists to submit work that investigates a radical perspective.

The inaugural Live Red Art Awards will culminate in a festival and exhibition at the Addison Road Community Centre in October 17, 2010, and focus on interactive, multidisciplinary art that excites, engages and inspires audiences to imagine a different world.

An award of $3000 will be granted to the artist whose work best reflects the project's theme — “Another world is possible, but we must fight for it”. There will also be a people's choice award of $500.

LRAA co-ordinator and final year UNSW College of Fine Arts student Lauren Carroll Harris said: “We are challenging artists to put all of their skills and talents to the cause of creating social change. Artists have always been at the forefront of speaking out against injustice. What Live Red Art Awards hopes to do is profile contemporary Australian artists who are voicing their support for social justice.”

“We want to engage a whole new layer of people with the art world — people who might usually find contemporary art a bit alienating or confusing. We want to say, “art can be engaging and accessible and it can relate to the real world”. Art doesn't have to be relegated to whitewashed walls of hushed galleries. That's why our focus is on interactive, multidisciplinary art — performance art, street theatre, anything that busts through the boundaries and really prompts audiences to think.”

“What's more, we want to use art to inspire people to imagine and create a world without racism, war, poverty, environmental destruction, homophobia and sexism.”

Submissions are open to everyone and for all areas of art: sound art, drawing, painting, documentary photography, time-based art, installation and textiles. The deadline is September 1.

[For further information, or to make a submission go to LiveRedArtAwards.net.]