By Amy Clancy
If you are in Amsterdam this weekend, prepare to be dodging easels and paint-splattered artists but count yourself lucky to be in time for Pintar Rapido Amsterdam, which takes place from the 6th to the 7th September 2014.
A weekend celebration of art and the cityscape, it follows on from the success of Pintar Rapido London, the UK’s biggest outdoor painting competition and exhibition, which took place earlier this summer.
2014 Pintar Rapido London Prize Winner, Ben Hope
"Looking West Along Queen's Gate Terrace", 25x30cm. Oil on canvas.
Over July 19th, over 400 professional and non-professional artists of all skill levels took to the streets of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to create a picture in a day. Artists were invited to create a piece of work in any style, medium or size that they wished. The following day, these pictures were entered into a competition and exhibited at Chelsea Old Town Hall, where they were available for members of the public to peruse and purchase.
This year, as Pintar Rapido’s nominated charity, the Campaign for Drawing has been given 10% of the money raised through picture sales.
Pintar Rapido donates a cheque for £1,832 to The Campaign For Drawing.
Commenting on why The Campaign for Drawing had been nominated, Roger Beckett, Pintar Rapido Founder, said:
Pintar Rapido is about celebrating creativity and our urban environment, and this includes supporting charities that share this vision. The Campaign for Drawing has created a new regard for the power of drawing to help people see, think, invent and take action in their environment, as demonstrated by this year’s Big Draw theme, It’s Our World. I know this donation will help to support the Campaign for Drawing’s ongoing work to create real change in an increasingly under-resourced area.
Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign for Drawing Director, added:
We are delighted to have been selected as Pintar Rapido’s charity, and are immensely grateful for their support. As an arts education charity, the Campaign for Drawing welcomes the generosity of individuals and organisations who recognise the value of our programmes.
If you would like to find out more about the Campaign for Drawing and how you can support its work, please visit the Donate page.