This March sees the return of The Lockdown Collection (TLC) as they launch their new collection in collaboration with Latitudes Online, The Open Call Collection.
In April 2020, when South Africa was in the midst of its first national lockdown, TLC and Latitudes Online came together to help provide opportunities and financial stability for South African artists, aiming to sustain an industry that was hard-hit by the economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The two organisations auctioned a collection of Covid-19-related artworks by renowned South African artists, with the proceeds going into a fund that would support artists during the pandemic. The auction was so successful that the team extended the project with The Extension Collection and The Student Collection.
A curated collection of 21 inspiring artworks
In March 2021, the two organisations are coming together to host an online auction created by 21 South African artists. The new collection, called The Open Call Collection, is the result of a beautiful synergy: TLC called for new artwork donations and submissions from South African artists. Latitudes carefully considered each of the hundreds of submissions, before selecting 21 inspiring artworks for the collection.
This curated collection will be auctioned online, via the Latitudes Online platform, on 21 March 2021. The proceeds will be split between the contributing artists, the Lockdown Collection’s Vulnerable Fund, Latitudes Outreach, and Artist Proof Studio.
Capturing the nuances of lockdown life and the effects of the pandemic
Artists featured in this new collection include Thuli Libisi, Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Vivien Kohler, Fanie Buys, and Puleng Mongale, to name a few and with the full collection to be released in the coming weeks.
‘It is a privilege to collaborate with these amazing artists. Their artworks capture the nuances of lockdown life and the effects of the pandemic. Their artistic reflections will become significant historical references for future generations, telling the story of this time,’ says Kim Berman, TLC co-founder and Professor of Visual Arts, UJ. ‘The Lockdown Collection has demonstrated that art has value that we cannot put a price onto. Art can mobilise a community, it can uplift the vulnerable and it can tell a story that moves us.’
‘For Latitudes Online, the partnership with The Lockdown Collection is a welcome opportunity to leverage the strengths of both our organisations,’ says Lucy MacGary, co-founder of Latitudes Online.
The TLC Open Call Collection in partnership with Latitudes Online, will launch on 21 March 2021, on the Latitudes Online site.