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Digital painting of Polly Bates 



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by ELAINA SOTERIOU  @elaina.designs

As an artist, one of my greatest passions is combining personal and shared social, environmental and political anxieties within my practice. Artistic expression can help us to realise and reveal flaws in our society, whilst also allowing us to reinvent ways of living and imagine a future without those flaws. This belief is the driving force that lead me to initiate ARTISTS RESPONDING TO ….

After graduating from a Fine Art Degree in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself faced with the daunting challenge of a drastic lack in opportunities for artists nationwide. As exhibitions were cancelled and galleries were closing, I wanted to create a more digitised and accessible way of experiencing art. I had already at this point become frustrated with how Covid was overshadowing many other issues and paramount news that are equally important. I combined these ideas and frustrations in August 2020 by creating ARTISTS RESPONDING TO ... Zine, a monthly publication which uses creative depictions and literature to highlight current world issues, news and movements that aren't getting the attention that they deserve. A political and environmental platform to help ignite conversations and spread awareness through visual and written poetic responses. 

ARTISTS RESPONDING TO … Zine includes an eclectic range of fine art and literature, from drawings, paintings, sculptures, digital art, photography, essays, poems, and much, much more! We accept international submissions that are creative responses to current monthly news. A.R.T Zine is a space for activism but also a form of information. ARTISTS RESPONDING TO ... is proud to provide a space for critical discussion and reflection, whilst also creating opportunities for artists to share and celebrate their work.

Since creating the monthly Zine, ARTISTS RESPONDING TO ... has also initiated The Postcard Project, where I sent 200 postcards across the UK to 200 artists and invited them to create an artwork responding to the turbulent year that has been 2020. I have since curated these postcards into a book which is available to purchase in our shop, and I am currently organising an exhibition to showcase the postcards involved in the project.

My hopes for 2021 and for ARTISTS RESPONDING TO ... are to create exhibiting opportunities, both digital and in person, for artists who are using their voices for change within our rapidly growing arts community.

Now more than ever we need unity, community, a call for action and artistic expression, hopefully you will find all of that at A.R.T.

Thank you for your support. 

Polly Bates 

Follow @artistsrespondingto on instagram for access to our online Zine, regular updates on submissions, and for an opportunity to interact with an international community of artists, creatives and writers that are calling on action and change. 

A.R.T will also bring you a daily dose of artist highlights which include even more works and insights into this month's contributors. 

See below for a selection of our most recent posts: 

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