Numerous studies have also proven the positive effects of art, looking at it and even making it, to our brain and overall mental health, especially during a time of crisis. A group of South African artists have put together a collection of artworks called The Lockdown Collection. The collection will be uploaded online and put up for sale to raise funds for vulnerable South Africans during this national crisis.
The 21 art pieces reflect the thoughts, feelings, vision or captured moments of their COVID-19 experience, presented by a different artist each time, is revealed online. The artworks are uploaded daily on social platforms and sold at their market-related value to help vulnerable people of South Africa.
According to the group, 25% of funds will go to the SA Solidarity Fund, 60% will go to the Vulnerable Artists Fund and 15% will go to the participating artists. “As momentum builds, we believe that all artists, if motivated by the challenge, can begin to create their own lockdown works inspired by their colleagues and heroes. An open call for these is imminent. We believe these collections can also play a role in raising funds now and post-lockdown. Any ideas are welcome, we are a work in progress,” said the group.
Towards the end of the lockdown period, the unique collection will be celebrated with an online event on the evening of the last day. You can get involved online at https://www.thelockdowncollection.com/ by buying art or donating to the cause.