Espaço Cultural Mercês
Rua Cecílio de Sousa, 94, 1200-102 Lisboa
Exhibition opening: 15 October 2021 6 - 9pm
Monday to Friday 2pm - 8pm
Continues: 15 October to 22 October 2021
Online: 15 October to 30 November 2021 - Join the mailing list to be the first to view the online exhibition and purchase work
CORRENTE DE AR | group show 3 - 5 Sep
Opening event 3 Sep : 18h - 22h
4 & 5 Sep : 15h - 20h
Rua de Alegria 136 - 138
Huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the 100for100 artwork fundraiser - not only did you help us get back on our feet but collectively we managed to donate 675€ to CRESCER, in turn helping support vulnerable homeless in the Lisbon community.
100 for 100 is a fundraising online exhibition and sale to help me and my partner rebuild our lives after a gas explosion and fire destroyed our apartment just before Christmas 2020.
The pieces in the 100 for 100 collection were produced between 2014 and 2020, and are all priced at €100, unframed, including EU shipping. For the next six months, 10% of the sale price of the 100 for 100 collection of selected artworks will be donated to CRESCER, to assist their projects helping chronically vulnerable homeless people in Lisbon who do not have the support mechanisms in place that we were lucky to have.
At approximately 8am, Sunday 20th December, an explosion ripped through the lower part of our apartment block. With pieces of ceiling fragments pinning us to the bed my partner Paulo and I couldn’t work out what was happening. It took a fair amount of fumbling in the dark and dust filled room to find the door, to understand that half the apartment was gone, to locate his daughter Noni who had landed two floors below, and to climb precariously over what was left of the first floor in front of a crowd of shocked onlookers. The fireman had now arrived, a look in their eyes that could witness what we had only started to comprehend, that the building was about to go up in flames.
The rest is a blur. The ambulance sirens, the hospital and the cold hall of the fireman's office where we were later left, in donated coats and hospital slippers, the advice to ‘call someone'... the headline news, first of all our home up in flames, then later the reports of a body found in the wreckage. Our neighbour, young musician Gastão Reis, age 24. Two days later his father passed away in the hospital from smoke damage. The ebbing and flowing of awareness that we had nothing left, not even shoes, and thanks only to the kindness of family and friends and the speed of their reactions could we find ourselves, just over two weeks later, slightly unsteadily back on our feet.
It's been difficult to write this for a number of reasons. Firstly, sometimes it feels like it was all a bad dream, in actuality we are here, walking, breathing, unharmed. How appropriate is it to tell this story, in a time already filled with difficulties, loss and sadness. Why add to it? How can I possibly distance myself enough from this to write a ‘newsletter’ about it - should I just be factual, should I ignore the fact that life will never be the same again, for worse and also for better, that everything has been reshuffled and put into a different place to where it was before?
It’s something that is difficult to ignore, a part of our personal story that will shape everything to come. Everything to come depends on how we go forward now, and already we are witnessing some incredible gestures of support from so many individuals. In just two weeks we have temporary accommodation, tools to start work, clothes, offers of furniture, instruments.. It's truly astounding, and has reinstated my absolute belief in mankind, really.
The only thing that remains to be said at this moment is that the journey has just begun. If you wish to help us along the way, we are eternally grateful for support. Its not easy to take a lot of large items at the moment, but there are several different ways to help, listed below;
Donate to Gofundme Fundraiser in English pounds, organised by Ali Murfitt
Donate to Gofundme Fundraiser in Euros, organised by Atelier Concorde
Donate to Noni's Fundraiser to help her become independent
Transfer money through MBway if you have it - 920025717
Join the Facebook group where we will slowly request for second hand items and other support.
And thanks to everyone who has already showed us love, I haven't had a chance to thank you all individually yet but I hope to soon.
Wishes for a brighter 2021 to all,
I am delighted to offer these exclusive limited editions from the Menagerie series that were exhibited at the Natural Science & History Museum in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2019.
Edition of /50 + 5 Artists Proofs
Signed, stamped & numbered by the artist
Bockingford Archival Watercolour Paper 190g/m2
Measurements: 48.3 × 33 cm (A3+)
Print run created: 2019
Price: 90€ - includes EU Shipping (ships in a roll)*
Please follow this link to purchase. Contact me for further information / other postage costs.
*shipping usually takes around a week. For quicker delivery please contact me.
Wishing you a very happy Christmas and more optimistic 2021.
I WILL TAKE THE RISK collective exhibition at Azan Contemporary Art space
13 - 15 November
This show is part of Lisbon Art Weekend 2020
Gallery address: Rua Afonso Annes Penedo 50, 1950-014, Marvila - Lisboa
Project - Tomaz Hipólito e João Simões
Production - Beatriz José
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