Eduardo Srur, Hora da Onça Beber Água, 2014/2017, Ile Rousseau
Continuing its mission to raise awareness on essential issues of our times through contemporary art, the latest art project of ART for The World, is AQUA, an international travelling exhibition focusing on water and its importance to human beings, fauna and flora, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg.
AQUA aims to emphasize society's collective responsibility on the role and use of water in our world today, where water management is a major challenge and a priority objective of the 21st century.
The exhibition is presented in avant-première from Geneva, a quintessential city of water, where the Rhône River, after running through the Canton of Valais and forming Lake Leman, flows through the heart of Geneva, where it converges with the Arve River, before continuing on to Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea.
Silvie Defraoui, Archives du Futur (Faits et Gestes), 2014; Maria Tsagkari, One More Garden, One More Circle, 2013, Chateau de Penthes. © Maria Tsagkari
Most of the artworks presented by the 32 contemporary artists invited to exhibit at AQUA are on display for the first time at the exhibition. The exhibition has been conceived to raise public awareness about the notion of interdependence, essential to the conservation of our environment and to the future of our planet. A quick look at the exhibition literature explains it all, "When water is under menace, so too are all forms of life on Earth. Recognised as a vital life-giving element, water is essential to preserving biodiversity and ecosystems. As a human resource, it is at the centre of climate change and its consequences, a possible origin, or a subject of conflict."
Invited artists and filmmakers:
Omar Ba, Nigol Bezjian, Clemente Bicocchi, Stefano Boccalini, Alighiero Boetti, Benji Boyadgian, Jonathas de Andrade, Silvie Defraoui, Michel Favre, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Francesco Jodice, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Shin Il Kim, Alexander Kosolapov, Iseult Labote, Salomé Lamas, Marcello Maloberti, Andrea Marescalchi, Carlos Montani, Marcelo Moscheta, Stéphanie Nava, Luca Pancrazzi, Dan Perjovschi, George Pusenkoff, Shimabuku, Eduardo Srur, Barthélémy Toguo, Maria Tsagkari, Velu Viswanadhan, Gal Weinstein, Vasilis Zografos.
10 double tickets to be won for the Lausanne Art Fair, Expo Beaulieu Lausanne, 4-7 May 2017!
A new art fair has been launched in Lausanne, showcasing the work of some of the most talented new artists in the field of contemporary art.
Taking place at Expo Beaulieu Lausanne between 4 and 7 May 2017, Lausanne Art Fair will feature over 2000 pieces of contemporary art selected for display by 80 carefully chosen galleries, located not just within Europe but the rest of the world too. Sculptures, paintings, photographs and ceramics will all be exhibited at this first edition of what is expected to be an annual fair for art enthusiasts in and around Lausanne.
Whether you are simply an amateur artist who appreciates good art, or a professional collector on the search for the next big name in contemporary art, Lausanne Art Fair will provide the opportunity to acquire affordable pieces of work from up-and-coming artists, as well as more expensive creations from renowned artists in this field.
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Professional photographer, Michelle Petersen, has just launched a new online photography club, which will support the new series of Photography courses she is running at her studio in Vinzel, Vaud, this spring.
Featured on our site last year, Michelle Petersen offers a range of courses for budding photographers in the La Côte region, both French and English-speaking, at beginner through to immediate level. You can find more details on her new spring courses at the end of this article.
Asked why she decided to set up this new club for photographers, Michelle told us, “I designed the club after sending a survey to all my former students, to find out what they they were looking for in an intermediate workshop. Most were sad about the lack of practice after my beginner course, so this new club will provide them with all the opportunity they need to practice as much or as little as they want!”
How does it work?
Called Evoke, Michelle’s new Monthly Challenge Photography Club started on 1 April and works on a yearly membership fee of Fr. 115.-. New members can join the club at any time and from anywhere as most of the work is online.
Photo © Swiss Netball/Emma Connolly
Lots of opportunities in Geneva and Vaud this summer for girls to discover netball!
Switzerland has just won the Challenge Cup at the 2017 Netball Europe Under 17 Championship, taking the gold medal after convincing wins in all three of its championship games.
This is the second time in three years that Swiss Netball has taken the gold medal and Challenge Cup, after victory in 2015, and silver medal position in 2016. The team was composed of 12 junior members of the Swiss National Squad, who train throughout the year, at venues in the cantons of Geneva and Zug.
This year’s championships took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 3-5 March, and brought together established netball nations such as England and Wales, as well as nations where netball is still developing, including Switzerland, which only fielded its first Under 17 team in 2010.
“We are very proud of this fantastic achievement by our young talented team”, said Swiss Netball President, Emma Connolly. “Netball is still very much a new sport in Switzerland, so we hope that this win will encourage even more young Swiss girls and women to join a netball club and try out this phenomenal team sport”.
Did you know that Geneva is home to a cinema organ which, though little-known, is worthy of heritage status for its excellent condition and rich tones. Built by Wurlitzer in 1937 for an English cinema in London, it is one of only five surviving organs from this brand in Europe, outside Great Britain (where cinema organs have been preserved to a much greater extent.)
To ensure it will be well-maintained both now and in the future, admirers of the organ have created an association (Friends of the Collège Claparède Cinema Organ Association), presided over by organists, Nicolas Hafner and Vincent Thévenaz. Since 2014 this association has been organizing an annual organ festival, entitled, "L’orgue fait son cinéma", and which is scheduled to take place this year between 31 March and 8 April, 2017.
80th birthday celebration
For organ enthusiasts this year’s event is a particularly special occasion as the Wurlitzer cinema organ will celebrate its 80th birthday in 2017! Built in the United States in 1937 for the Granada Theater Clapham Junction in London, the organ currently resides at Geneva’s Collège Claparède. Several organists who once played this instrument in London, and who are still alive today, will be special guest performers on two of the most historic and unforgettable evenings of the festival. With ageless humour they will play popular classic tunes from Britain’s recent past. There will also be an opportunity to meet Robert Rowley, who has played a key part in the maintenance of the Wurlitzer organ, and who will both play and host a commentary about the organ during the festival. After opening with organ music that is at once warm, youthful and powerful, the festival will close with a fireworks display on its final evening!