The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disaster has changed everyone’s life. The situation has forced people all over the world to experience the best and worst of human emotions; empathy, kindness, concern, anger, frustration, social cohesiveness, and bravery, among others.
Emotions have long driven creativity across the world, with people coming up with innovative ideas and ways of dealing with turbulent times. People use a myriad of methods, including spiritual practices, self-introspection, exercise, and especially art to express these emotions.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is organising a global art competition to capture these emotions. It is calling on professional and amateur artists from India and around the world to express themselves and their feelings.
The “United against Corona – Express through Art” competition aims to present these human feelings, emotions and innovative thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic. It is asking people to put into art their expressions and feelings on social distancing and quarantine.
The competition opened to entries on 2 April, with the deadline on 1 May. Submissions should be made online by uploading the artwork in PNG or JPG file form on the ICCR’s official site. The best works will receive prizes and will be showcased online and in physical exhibitions at international galleries.
The participants can present their arts within four categories, contemporary art, folk and tribal art, cartoons or illustrations, and digital and new age art. The competition is open for all people undergoing self-isolation, including professional artists, amateurs, students, and children.