Art Relief International’s Exhibition, “Imagine Your World” opens in ONE WEEK! What to expect? Here is the lowdown:
The opening starts at 7pm at the CMU Arts Centre on Nimman Rd in Chiang Mai. Our gallery space is upstairs in the main building. Take a stroll through the exhibition, viewing the artwork made in collaboration with our partner organizations. Get there early to enjoy free food sponsored by Chiang Mai Bread & MaiPhai, cakes donated by Bay’s Café, and more sweets from Rasta Mama Bakery- enjoy them while they last! Guests can also purchase ARI’s Signature Cocktail, wave to our viewers around the world watching on our live stream, watch a dance performance by the Thai Freedom House Traditional Shan Dance Troupe, listen to live music provided by North Gate Jazz Band, read postcards sent in from organizations and individuals around the world in the World Postcard Installation, and MEET our artists!
The story behind the artwork:
Imagine Your World will be featuring the artwork of ARI’s partner organizations in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These participants are part of various marginalized or stigmatized groups such as Burmese refugees and migrants, children and adults with disabilities, single mothers, Hill tribe children, incarcerated teens and mothers, among others. Art Relief International believes that all individuals have a human right to use creativity to express themselves. Join us to support these individuals as they bravely share their struggles and stories through art. Hear their voices as they share their vision for our world, their hopes and their dreams. Upon arrival, grab a program to read about each partner organization and how they created their piece in collaboration with ARI.
Partner organizations featured at the exhibition:
Baan Nokkamin, The Young Lions, Urban Light, Thai Freedom House, Hope Home, Healing Family Foundation, Wat Pa Pao School, Wat Muen Ngen Kong School, Wat Prachakasame Hill Tribe School, Wat Sri Supan School, Chiang Mai Women's Correctional Facility, Chiang Mai Boy's Juvenile Detention Center, Wildflower Home, Baan King Kaew Orphanage, and Starfish Home Foundation.
Here are some behind the scenes looks at the preparation that ARI’s volunteers are doing for the exhibition!
Most of the artwork that is displayed in our exhibition is for sale via silent auction, starting at very affordable prices. Support the work of ARI and allow us to continue providing creative and expressive outlets to these individuals in Chiang Mai.
Months ago, ARI put out a Call for Artists to submit art postcards to us via mail to our worldwide project. On their postcards, we asked the artists, using any artistic method they choose, to visually tell us what they imagine for our world. We received postcards from Colombia, DR Congo, Australia, Turkey, United States, Canada, Cambodia, and more! Using their postcards, ARI is creating an piece to display these beautiful messages of hope and imagination for our world. Guests of our exhibition are encouraged to interact with the installation, turning over postcards to read about the artist and their vision.
Want more? Step into the world of an ARI workshop as you interact with our Workshop Installation, see in-progress artwork, pick up a paintbrush and add something yourself, and see what its like to let your creativity run wild in a workshop with us!
ARI volunteer Elle Hendriks has been putting together a collective piece for the exhibition, where she asks individuals to be photographed with a white board describing what they imagine for our world. At our exhibition, you will have the chance to step in front of the camera and write your wish/dream/vision- we will add you to the collection and post your photo on our Facebook!
For those living far away that want to be involved in the evening (Dan Hales) we ask that you please check back in to our Facebook page, where we will post a link to view the exhibition on a live stream through YouTube. The Live Stream will be hosted by ARI volunteer Anna, who will take viewers on a tour of the artwork and interview our artists and guests!
Guests present at our event, please tag #imagineyourworldartshow and tag us on Facebook and Instagram, we want to see your photos of the event!
With only 7 days left, ARI is in full swing preparing for this night to make it a memorable and inspiring one. We hope to see you all there!
Be happy and make a difference,
ARI Art Director