Self impressions

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 March, 2012, 12:00am


Attention budding artists: you don't need the talent of Picasso to draw a self-portrait and you don't have to be rich or famous to have your work exhibited.

Art House Co-op, a New York-based company that organises global art happenings, has launched The Self Portrait Project. Creative minds from all over the world are being urged to send in self-portraits, which will be exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Library on August 16.

The aim is to offer 'an opportunity for a small collective of creative people to celebrate both diversity and connection, showing the world what a global arts community looks like - one portrait at a time', says Art House Co-op spokeswoman Caitlin Scholl.

To take part in the project, sign up by April 14 at and pay the US$25 entry fee. When you receive your blank 10cm by 10cm canvas, create a self-portrait using any media and means you like and send it back by May 15.

The organisers urge participants to ensure the paintings are dry before being put in the mail and warn that objects attached to the canvas may come loose in transit, and any that do will not be repaired.

By taking part, artists will be supporting the organisation's 10 x 10 Series, which challenges a limited number of participants to send in work on specific themes, such as: Letters to Home, the 4 x 6 Exchange, the Jar Project, the Things Found Series and the Map Project.