The 10th-anniversary edition of internationally renowned Passion for Freedom Art Festival will open in London on 1 – 12 October 2018 at its new location – the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery & La Galleria Pall Mall. The exhibition showcases uncensored art from around the world, promoting human rights, highlighting injustice and celebrating artistic freedom. Passion for Freedom was founded in 2008 by a small group of friends and over the past ten years has grown into an international network of artists, journalists, filmmakers and activists striving to celebrate and protect freedom of expression.
The competition attracts much worldwide attention. This year, we received more than 200 submissions out of which we will exhibit over 50 shortlisted artists. From Venezuela to Turkey to the United Kingdom, those artists ceaselessly show the restraints imposed on their art by their societies and question the limits of freedom of speech, expression, and information in their countries. Altogether, we will present you 100 original and brave artworks at a prominent location right in the heart of London. Passion for Freedom recognises artists in various disciplines – painting, photography, sculpture, performance, video installations, as well as authors, filmmakers and journalists.
This includes the nominated Wet plate Collodion portrait by photographer Nicolas Laborie in collaboration with milliner Claire Strickland from the series Suffragettes: Millennial rebels. A celebration of the 100 years anniversary for the vote for women in UK – Representation of the People Act 1918 – inviting young millennial women to pose and reflect on what the anniversary means to them and photographing them using a unique process created in the 19th century.
Competitors will be judged by a prestigious selection panel composed of international artists, academics and curators. Winners will be announced on the 6th of October at the Gala Award Night.
Passion for Freedom Art Festival 10th-anniversary edition,
1 – 12 October 2018,
London The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery & La Galleria Pall Mall
Royal Opera Arcade, 5b Pall Mall, London SW1Y 4UY
IMAGE: Nicolas Laborie