I am Alan Gallett an artist and sculptor living in West Cork, Ireland. Recently I have had the honour of being selected to create a work in marble for the 5th International Sculpture Symposium, Autumn Inspiration, Penza 2012 in Russia, on the theme of “Harmony”. The submission I have made is titled “Four Aspects of Harmony. The Symposium runs from August 15 to September 10 this year.
Over the 26 days of the symposium I will, along with 55 other sculptors and painters, create my piece which will remain in the symposium park. My work “The Four Aspects of Harmony” will be out of a block of white marble 200 cm by 230 cm by 100 cm.
Although the Symposium Organisation covers most of a participants costs including: meals and accommodation my participation in this major artistic symposium will cost me in the region of €1300. In order to raise this amount of money, I have created a series of rewards for funders linked to 'Harmony' including limited editions of the logo (contained in the video), signed photographs of the final work and hand rubbings. I thank Fund it for allowing my submission and that this will prove to be an effective way to raise this much needed fund for me to participate in the Penza residency.
This is one of the largest Sculpture & Painting Symposiums in the world this year! It has also been described as “One of the best!” by one of last year’s participants. These types of sculpture symposiums are, I feel, extremely important. Not only do they provide new works of Art for a local area, they also provide a working education to the public of how artists produce their work. Of even greater importance is the new network of contacts and friends these symposiums generate between the artists and their new audience. This will be only my second symposium. The first was in 2005 in Viet Nam and was one of the greatest art experiences of my career. I am truly looking forward to attending this symposium in Russia and creating a new work in a new place.
I'd like to thank you in advance for any support you can give.