With the aim of representing this theme, a group of artists will exhibit their work at the Brazilian Embassy in London from the 16th of November to the 8th of December.
The motivation for this competition is the anniversary of the 500th edition of the publication “Utopia” written by Thomas More which deals with an imaginary tale of life on an apparently perfect island.
For this, More’s work was based on the then neologism ‘utopia’ (the combinations of the words ‘no’ and ‘place’ in Greek), conceived as a place which was good and non-existent.
Throughout the history of literature various stories have dealt with this theme seeking to examine this fundamental tension: whether it is at all possible to achieve a perfect society. And whilst the majority of utopias have been proposed to reform the world in general, some probe the perspective of the individual more deeply.
With this literary premise then the participants in the event must freely interpret the meaning of ‘”Ibero-American utopias” and hence express this in their work.
Moreover, work using a variety of formats is permitted whether pictures, sketches, sculptures, photographs or prints in addition to other media.
The competition, for which the deadline for entry is the end of October, is about supporting artists in the UK in producing cross-cultural works of art. For this, all UK residents will be able to enter the competition and develop their creative ideas.
The event is organised by the Brazilian Embassy together with ACALASP (the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal), People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London) and Itaú.
In addition, the 30 selected works of art will be exhibited for three weeks at the embassy in London.
Dates: From the 16th of November to the 8th of December. Address: the Embassy of Brazil (14-16 Cockspur Street, SW1 5BY). For more information go to iberoamericanartsaward.org
(Translated by Nigel Conibear – DipTrans IoLET ACIL – firstname.lastname@example.org)