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Art for all in the world and 6 amazing international artists have made Sandefjord a much more colorful city, in July 2017.
The artists from all over the world painted the10 amazing & beautiful murals in Sandefjord in 14 days during the Art for All in the World project, which was opened on July 3rd by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg. The project has been directed by VISIT VESTFOLD with Anne Strømøy in the lead in collaboration with Sandefjord Kunstforening and support from local companies and volunteers.
Who made the art and where do you find it?:
Picture 1: Artist Eduardo Kobra from Brazil - WHERE? The Parking behind Peter Grøns gate 2
Picture 2: Artist Aleksei Bordusov from Ukraina - WHERE? The Parking behind Peter Grøns gate 2
Picture 3: Artist Bart Smates Smeets from Belgia - WHERE? The Parking behind Peter Grøns gate 2
Picture 4: Artist Artez Street Art from Serbia - WHERE? The Parking behind Peter Grøns gate 2
Picture 5 og 6: Artist Matias Sabotajealmontaje from Tenerife - WHERE? Restaurant Smak, Thor Dahlsgt. 9
Picture 7: Artist Eric Okdeh from USA - WHERE? The Parking in Storgata 7
Picture 8: Artist Eric Okdeh from USA in cooperation with volunteers - WHERE? Storgata 6
Picture 9: Artist Peacetu from Brasil, lives in Norway - WHERE? By Café Vintage, between Kongensgate 1 og 3
Picture 10 og 11: Artist Luis Alberto from Peru - WHERE? Chr. Hvidts Plass 1 at the fontaine
Picture 12: Artist Artez Street Art from Serbia - WHERE? At Coop Prix, Kongensgt. 1B
Art for All in the World was founded by Sharon and Peter Claesson. Art for All is a non-profit organisation working with communities across the globe to harness the power of art as a force for positive change.
In 1995, Peter and Sharon's passion for their work led them to Quito, Ecuador for an education and awareness project for 6,000 street children living in the city. They led adventure tours to national parks where children learned about everything from drugs to natural disasters. One day during the project, Peter and Sharon learned that there were children living in the prisons of Quito. They decided to visit the prisons and asked permission for these children to join their adventure trips as well. The prisons agreed, and after witnessing the joy of the children during the trips, Peter and Sharon recognized the need to create a more positive environment for these kids, one that would instill a sense of possibility and hope.
Eventually receiving permission to run workshops in the prison, the project then evolved further with the creation of a series of murals on the prison walls and throughout Quito in areas in need of regeneration. This proved to be a transformative experience, not only for Sharon and Peter, but also for those involved with the project. Many of the prisoners went on to exhibit and sell work at the Fundación Guayasamín Museum and secure jobs following their release.
This defining moment in Quito was the launch pad for Sharon and Peter who realized the need for public art and the joy that comes from creating with a community. They have gone on to run projects across the globe under the banner of Art for All ever since.