Following their last year’s success, Creative Debuts teamed up with Nasty Women New York, Lisbon, Amsterdam, North East and London to celebrate an incredible group of artists from around the globe. And so, in the heart of the bohemian Shoreditch and perfectly timed to open on International Women’s Day, Creative Debuts‘ extraordinary team premiered their exhibition Empowerment. “It was a real roller-coaster to prepare everything, but we did it and it looks fantastic,” exclaimed Calum Hall, the curator of the exhibition.
The organizers chose 40 artists out of approximately 600 applicants to present their works. “We wanted to make this exhibition to be as accessible as possible so, of course, picking forty talented people out of 600 hundreds was hard, but we always want to show different elements and styles, we seek diverse art. We want to celebrate our creative community, the artists that don’t normally get the opportunities,” explained Calum. Picking artists based on their technical skill and the meaning of their work is important to Creative Debuts; however, diversity in arts was and still is paramount.
“The art should also represent the artist,” added Calum.
It might seem strange at first that an exhibition on the topic of women’s empowerment was curated by a man, but all doubts were fast dispelled when it became clear that Calum himself strongly supports the cause. “We’ve got a platform that celebrates individuality, and we try to use that platform to support artists. And with it, we would like to make a positive change no matter if you are a woman or a man; we support all the artists. My mom was a single parent and she struggled lot. Now, I try to help those who need our help, and the platform is the perfect place to do so. It is free to be involved, so why not try to do something good.”
Creative Debuts, apart from supporting emerging talents, also donate their sales commission to charities. This year, Creative Debuts will donate it to End Violence Against Women Movement. “We linked with End Violence Against Women Movement in September last year, when we organized the exhibition for the International Day of Peace, during which we gave away our commission. And this year we have decided to introduce affordable tickets so we could give more money to charities. Also, those who purchased the ticket had received an awesome tote bag as a thank you from us, the Creative Debuts.”
Calum raved about the works that Creative Debuts presented on the day of the opening. “The artists tell their own stories or the stories of their surroundings. Just by looking at their paintings, photography, collages etc., you can see how deep and important they are. Most of them tackle inequality, an image of a society – whether it’s in South Korea or Africa – or daily life of the underprivileged. There is a profound meaning to each and every art work we show at this exhibition.”
The idea of supporting artists and empowering them through their stories is a beautiful thing to do. Please visit the exhibition and support End Violence Against Women Movement as well; the exhibition is taking place in London at 74 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY, until March 30th 2018.
Written by Maggie Gogler
Edited by Sanja Struna
All photos © Sanja Struna
Featured photo © Creative Debuts