Support the arts with The Lockdown Collection

more than a year ago
Like so many other things in our current Coronavirus world, the world of art and artists is reeling from the shock waves of this global crisis. At the same time we are more in need of art than ever, of ways to reflect and interpret the space that we are in. The Lockdown Collection (TLC) is an online initiative formed by Sirdar Group, Mrs Woolf and Artist Proof Studio to support individual artists, a fund for vulnerable artists whose livelihoods are a stake, as well as to contribute to the national SA Solidarity Fund set up by the government. 

Each day of the 21-day lockdown in South Africa, The Lockdown Collection adds a new work created by a major South African artist, which speaks directly to the crisis that the world is currently facing. The work is shared on social media (on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) accompanied by a message from the artist explaining the inspiration behind it. All the works are available for sale on auction which will close on the 21st day of the current lockdown. From April 4 you will be able to make your bid online on the works revealed so far. To see the entire collection you will need to follow The Lockdown Collection daily on their social platforms. 

You can also make a donation to The Lockdown Collection by sending a direct message to the TLC team on any of the above mentioned platforms. 

The proceeds from the sale of the artworks will raise money for:
1. The President’s Solidarity Fund to help all vulnerable people of SA in their time of need
2. A Vulnerable Visual Artist Fund to support as many vulnerable individuals or
organisations in the Visual Arts (for a start and to extend further if donations are significant)
3. The Participating Artist

Stellar artists participating in The Lockdown Collection include Gerhard Marx, Diane Victor, Walter Oltmann, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Penny Siopis, Colbert Mashile, Kim Lieberman, Gordon Froud, Lehlohonolo Mashaba, Lindo Zwane and the Ardmore Ceramics studio.

You can view all the works released so far on the Aspire Art Auctions website and register on the site for the auction. Aspire Auctions has donated their platform and waived commission for this effort. 


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