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Cause & Effect

Excessive Force by Miriam Cabello

At this time every year, The Vivid Festival invites organisations, artist and thinkers to run panel discussions, workshops and art related activities in order for the public to engage with the arts and social causes.

This year Vivid Ideas is hosting an exciting exhibition run by the social change movement, Carnival of the Bold and MLC gallery, called Cause & Effect. A call out was made to find six Australian visual artists from diverse backgrounds to engage in themes that were grounded in social issues such as war, environmental destruction and racism. These complex problems affect Australian society at large and the purpose of Cause & Effect is to make people think about these topics with greater insights and inspire a passive public to take action.

Co-Founder of Carnival of the Bold Kevin Bathman told City Hub how he thinks art can start a national conversation and how we can begin to educate ourselves on these important social issues: “Socially-engaged art can spark thought and conversation, increase awareness around an issue, help us see it in a new way, touch our emotion and sensibilities and increase civic participation. It ideally brings members of the community together, creating connections that lead to enhanced collective civic action, ideas and relationships geared toward problem-solving, and creates a stimulus for people to be involved in local or global issues”.

Cause & Effect will also include a panel discussion with the artists, academics and NGO’s such as Amnesty International Australia, NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) to name a few. This is a one of a kind collaboration between the chosen artists like Andrea Srisurapon, Mandy Schöne-Salter, Marwa Charm and humanitarians working side by side to be the voices of marginalized communities and to raise awareness about the most important critical and social issues of our time.

Until Jun 4. 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern. Info: www.carnivalofthebold.com

By Daniel Jaramillo.

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