ART FOR A GOOD CAUSE

WAIT FOR ME is an Art & Community charity project, where established and upcoming designers are invited to create a series of posters raising awareness on aphasia. 

All proceeds will benefit A.IT.A Federazione, an Italian charity providing services to the people affected by aphasia and their families.

 

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APHASIA

LIVING WITH APHASIA

We all grow up learning a language and how to communicate between each other. It’s a thing we all take for granted – until it’s not there anymore. It could be you or a loved one, and in a blink of an eye this sudden void could turn your life upside down in the most unexpected ways. 

Aphasia is one of the most common communication disorders to affect the brain, and yet very little people know about it. Although there are no official figures, the Stroke Association estimates that for stroke survivors only, there are more than 376,000 in the UK living with aphasia*. Then add to this figure other potential affliction sources: brain tumour, car accident, dementia, and others… It’s a big deal for many people. 

What if suddenly you lost the capacity to speak, write, or read, started to mix words, and found it difficult to count numbers? What if suddenly you were unable to communicate with your friends and family?… 

Aphasia is a condition usually caused by a brain trauma that affects the ability to effectively communicate with others – and well as the capacity of making sense of some words within your own thoughts. Just as if the brain decided to permanently wipe out specific parts of its memory, leaving a big blank in the language zone – while preserving intelligence and other functions. 

Without language, everyday activities can suddenly become an insurmontable struggle, thus a source of profound frustration and anxiety both for the sufferers of aphasia and their families, friends and carers. Without the proper care and therapy, people with aphasia can rapidly lose autonomy, independence, confidence & self-esteem.

Living with aphasia – as well as treating it – are complex challenges, as each individual with aphasia is affected in different ways, suffering from their own particular combination of symptoms & difficulties. Speaking, writing, reading, hearing, repeating, and even sign language can be dysfunctional in various degrees – often suddenly dramatically incapacitating normal life.

* Source: Statistics from NHS, 2015.

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A.IT.A

FINDING SUPPORT

A.IT.A is a nonprofit Italian association that supports the people affected by aphasia and their families through specific activities, services and therapies. A.IT.A promotes awareness at a national and local level, bringing together aphasic people with professionals such as neurologists, speech therapists, psychologists and rehabilitation therapists.

Here to find out more about A.IT.A

What’s the goal of Wait for me design event?

The money raised through the sales will be donated to  A.IT.A Federation, providing activities for people affected by aphasia and their families.

Eg. An iPad lesson costs 33£ – with 330£ we can guarantee 10 lessons led by an Informatics Engineer.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES

CALL FOR ENTRIES


Participation to the show is open to both established and emerging artists & designers.  

All we ask you to do is to donate your creativity to this cause – so all you have to do is send us your artwork as a digital file. We will then take care of the rest: printing the posters, providing the space to exhibit them, and promoting the event to gather as many poster enthusiasts as possible to make this show fundraising a success.

DEADLINE: 

27th of November at 18:00

CREATIVE BRIEF: 

Be inspirational. Although aphasia is a serious topic, we are looking to promote a positive message, showing hope and support. Be creative in making something beautiful you’d like to put on your own wall, as much as showing to the world. Entrants are invited to explore and interpret the following themes, in any way they choose: 

  • Slowing time to better connect with each other;
  • Communication between people;
  • Thoughts, language & memory;
  • Beautiful minds;

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Printing: We will print using Risograph technique for that nice & unique feel. Our printing partner is Hato Press
  • Format: A3 size posters in portrait orientation, (FORMAT + DPI). Note that Risograph cannot print full bleed, so include a 5mm border on your artwork, otherwise the printer will automatically scale down to include this extra space.
  • Colours: You can use up to 2 colours. Posters will be printed on white paper, so you can also think of white as a 3rd colour you can use, given by the negative space. Please indicate the colours you would like us to print your artwork choosing from this list  – colour options here. (you can also use “special” colours such as gold)
  • Preparing your files: Your artwork should be setup as separate greyscale PDF files, one for each colour layer, similar to the way artwork is prepared for screen printing.
  • Sending your files: Please send your high res files via wetransfer directly to Michela Nicchiotti, at michelanicchiotti@gmail.com, with email subject: WAIT FOR ME / Final Artwork / ARTIST NAME.
  • Presentation information: Include in your email a short paragraph with your biography, the title of the artwork, and a summary of the idea behind it (max 150 words). This will be used on website & social media, as well a printed presentation featured next to your piece on the event.

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EVENT

‘WAIT FOR ME’ will feature a curated selection of artwork, displayed in stunning prints for sale at our charity showcase event. All prints are professionally printed and signed. This is an opportunity to get design enthusiasts & friends together in a casual and social way, as well as the chance to purchase some beautiful artwork at affordable price – all for a good cause. Friends & family are all invited, so please spread the word!

If you have any questions or would like more information on the artists, please feel free to email Michela Nicchiotti at michelanicchiotti@gmail.com

The money raised through the sales, will be entirely donated to A.IT.A Federazione, an Italian nonprofit organisation for people affected by aphasia.