Breaking into the art world can be a dauntingly difficult task so it is very important that artists stick together and form organizations which can help aspiring and emerging artists to showcase their work. ART RAIN is one such organization.
ART RAIN focuses on empowering women, promoting human rights and serving as a platform for artists to share their work with others. At present, the organization has over 650 members who have exhibited work all across the globe.
ART RAIN was formed in Finland in 2001 by Sir Matthew C. Thompson, an artist located in Cork City, Ireland. “Having met and exhibited with many artists from different countries, I realised that some were looking for a new approach in their art outlooks and careers,” Matthew stated in a recent interview. “Upon reflection, I knew that this could be addressed with social responsibility, respect and artistic communion: A unified cohesion, in the promotion of Human Rights through art. Bonding together ethics & principles, artists could promote Universal Rights. This was how ART RAIN was conceived. Our birth colours are the beautiful shades of Respect, Justice and Equality.”
Since its founding, the organization has gone on to exhibit in countries spanning the globe—from Sweden to Russia, Morocco to America…it is truly an international cause dedicated to fostering creativity. Recently, this Examiner spoke with ART RAIN founder Matthew Thompson about the organization’s goals:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): How and when did you decide to start ART RAIN and why was that name chosen?
Matthew Thompson (M.T.): The reason we started ART RAIN, was (A) To promote “Gender Equality: Dignity and Justice” for artists and people. (B) To bond together artists, who shared in these dispositions of humanity. (C) To promote artistic development and to interact in local and international art exhibitions, mutually. (D) Just like the success of popular music, artists wished to be liberated from the constraints imposed by the art establishment. (E) The ”Art Cognoscenti” hypothesised within the constraints of their own intellectual environs. Even today! Critical analysis has almost become improvident. The imposts rendered by societal dictate – Curators, Art Councils, Critics and Art Dealers etc., impede the transitions necessary for the development and promotion of art and/or artists. These interpositions should be the introspective criteria of artists such that they may realise their own realism and transcend into the realm of universal equality. The name ART RAIN stands for “Registered Artists’ International Network”.
M.M.: What styles of art does ART RAIN favor?
M.T.: The artists’ styles in ART RAIN are variable and diversified; unique and wonderful.
M.M.: How does someone become an ART RAIN member? Are there any fees involved?
M.T: ART RAIN membership is ”Pro Gratia’”; applications via Facebook: ARTRAINASSOCIATION or through members.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving working with ART RAIN?
M.T.: I believe that the most ”Rewarding Experience” for our members was the Helsinki International Exhibition ”Fusion of Cultures”, 2007. Artists from 42 countries exhibited. It was a communion of Respect & Equality. It fulfilled years of ART RAIN’s ”endeavourment in the pursuit of Human Rights”. Also! Our exhibitions in Oslo City Hall Gallery, in the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Ulan Bataar, Mongolia., in the Marrakech Museum of Contemporary Art, in Beijing, China., St. Petersburg, Russia., Stockholm, Tallin, Hamburg, etc.. The next International Art Exhibition is “Women’s Empowerment,” Gateway Art Center, Manhattan which will be on display September 26-30.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?
M.T.: TRUST in ONESELF is of prime importance for artists.
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To learn more about ART RAIN visit ARTRAINASSOCIATION Facebook. To learn more about the Gateway Art Center, see here.