Campaign successfully funded on: 31 Jul,2014
The press costs $4,000. The remaining $1000 will go to installation and additional working spaces in the studio (acid basin, washing basin, paper cabinets, and shelves).
Our job is to make life as easy as possible for these young and struggling artists. These twenty-something artists who stay with us are already greatly limited by circumstance. As much as possible, we want to offer them a studio that places no limits on creativity. This current campaign will help us construct a dynamic studio to bolster the resilience of Syrian artists.
Through Zoomaal we hope to design a graphics and etching studio that encourages artists fleeing the Syrian civil war to create again. But in order to make this happen we need your help.
For the past two years, Art Residence Aley has sponsored young Syrian artists. Artists accepted into our program live and work at our headquarters outside of Beirut for one month. Our primary goal is to support the artists; that way we can foster resilience in the arts and salvage a fragment of the Syrian culture destroyed by the war. Through the eyes of our artists, our program also helps give a human element to the faceless conflict in Syria. The “face” we have given this war has been exhibited globally: Washington D.C., Berlin, and Amman, to name a few.
What We Need & What You Get
The majority of funds for this campaign will go towards buying a press, an instrumental part of an artists workplace. In the past, we have had some access to presses at universities in Beirut. Many at time, we are unable to use them – and they are completely off limits during the summer when school is out. With the unreliable access and the commute into the city, this makes it very hard for the artists to work.
A press on site also could help enrich our sense of community at the Residence. The press would bring other Lebanese or foreign artists to our headquarters to use our new studio. We are always looking for ways to liven the place and build an art community. Another plus, with the added revenue from outsiders coming to use the press, it would help make our non-profit more sustainable.
Other Ways You Can Help
Spread the word. Even if you can’t give at this time, if this campaign resonates with you we urge you to share this message. Tweet or post this link on your Facebook or Google+ account.
We can’t thank you enough for your contribution or shout out. Help us remind the world Syria is a living nation full of talent!
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Raghad Mardini is the founder and director of Art Residence Aley (2012). an NGO that hosts Syrian Artists and curate art shows and performances. born in Syria , studied and taught engineering and design in Damascus University , designed and…Full biography