<![CDATA[The Art of Compassion Project - News]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:16:05 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[My Experience Showing Vegan Art in a Non-Vegan Exhibit]]>Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:29:17 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/guest-blogger-robbie-nuwanda
Guest post by Robbie Nuwanda

Recently I attended the Artserve RedEye: Reality Reimagined event in which I had two paintings on the wall. One was called "Reading Proust," which was designed to be funny and make a joke out of the sort of task it is to get through the 10,000 or so pages of his most significant work, In Search Of Lost Time. The other painting was called "Reclaiming The Sanctity Of Life."

Now, during my time studying philosophy at university I certainly came across and thought about a hell of a lot of things. One thing that was advanced after the epistemology module of the degree was definitions. I suppose I'd call a defining characteristic as something that's been with you all your life, or something that has been with you since you were old enough to choose for yourself. I've been a vegetarian all my life, and now vegan for six years. Safe to say it is a defining characteristic. How does it compare, though, to when people say things about an artist like, "It's a defining work"? Well, a defining work as an artist is indicative of best representing your style, method of composition, technique, taste, essence, and artistic prowess. A defining work as an artist has all of these.

An artwork that defines you as a person is obviously different, something that is more personal to the artist than their artistic definition, their personal definition. So when I was at an art event with food trucks without vegan options, with people walking around with pots of cows milk mixed with sugar, crisps decorated in various animal scratchings, and even the popcorn for an area with arty films being smothered in butter (a.k.a. cows milk), it's safe to say it makes one vulnerable and self-conscious when you have a painting you created that defines you as a person in what, based on the surroundings, felt almost like hostile territory. I created such a piece to make people think. If it starts a chain of thought but the viewer is surrounded by options that dismiss the essential message of the piece, then it is safe to say that whatever potency the art has is quickly ended by the surrounding vending options being indifferent to the idea expressed. Especially when I got the initial idea for "Reclaiming The Sanctity Of Life" from an Animal Liberation Front stencil.

It's unrealistic, perhaps, to expect a busy art event to cater to vegans or even to recognise that there's a piece on the wall challenging the ethics of the catering they've chosen being that it isn't food, it's violence and exploitation. So at least a variety may be possible. Needless to say the vulnerability, based on the defining nature of the piece, made my senses more observant and scrutinous to such things. It leaves one pretty conflicted. I hear great comments on the piece as art, and I'm happy for my career that my art is in a venue with so many people attending, and I thank them for choosing to involve my pieces. The only issue is that this is more than a piece of art to me, it is me opening myself up on an issue really important to me. Which feels so strange and out of place in some art and how a lot of people seem to have anything about them that isn't authentic. Needless to say the experience wasn't all positive as a vegan, but as an artist it was. All I can do is keeping bringing the vegan message to my art and hope it makes people and organisers think alike.

<![CDATA[Article in 'Vegan Life Magazine' (July/August 2016 issue)]]>Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:51:59 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/media-kitPicture
We were recently interviewed by Vegan Life Magazine about the Art of Compassion Project  (July / August 2016 - issue 17).  It is truly an honour to be featured in a magazine of this calibre.

With an ever increasing world population, sustainable food production means more than simply expanding the current food supply, change is needed. Vegan Life aims to encompass social, economic, ecological and political considerations to assist in bringing about a change in attitudes by encouraging the adoption of a plant based diet by bringing Vegan into Vogue.

Vegan Life Magazine is the UKs first vegan consumer magazine and is now available to buy in the US!

To read the full article as featured in the magazine, download our media kit.

<![CDATA[Green Fits interviews us]]>Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:07:03 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/green-fits-interviews-usPicture
Green Fits hosts fashion designers, creative talents and local artisans and they promote the commerce of small production lots or even unique products coming from the ideas and passion of their makers.

They recently interviewed us about the project. Click here to read the full article.

Green Fits: http://www.green-fits.com/

<![CDATA[Art expo (VeggieWorld Paris expo) - 2 & 3 April 2016]]>Sun, 10 Apr 2016 09:09:31 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/art-expo-veggieworld-paris-expo-2-3-april-2016Last weekend saw the Art of Compassion Project participating in the first VeggieWorld expo to ever be held in Paris (France). The expo took place the  in 104 Centquatre in Paris and was a great success with over 7,200 visitors!  These visitors got the chance to view art by some of our talented artists.....
The following artists' work was on show (as prints on stretched canvas);
  • Brittney West (USA)
  • Catalina Plaza (Chile)
  • Chantal Poulin Durocher (Panama)
  • Dana Ellyn (USA)
  • Dóra Zambó (Germany)
  • Evelyn Suttle (Ireland)
  • Francisco Etencio (Argentina)
  • Gemma Crombleholme (UK)
  • Heidi Huovinen (Finland)
  • Jade Monica Bello (Italy)
  • Jo Hanna (Australia)
  • Joachim Sohn (Germany)
  • Julia Beutling (Germany)
  • Karen Fiorito (USA)
  • Kristina Sabaite (Spain)
  • Leigh Sanders (Spain)
  • Lynda Bell (New Zealand)
  • Marcus Pierno (USA)
  • Maritza Oliver (Canada)
  • Michelle Waters (USA)
  • Nicola McLean (UK)
  • Paula Menetrey (USA)
  • Pascale Salmon (France)
  • Philip McCulloch-Downs (UK)
  • Raj Singh Tattal (UK)
  • Roland Straller (Germany)
  • Twyla Francois (Canada)

A very big thanks to the organisers of the expo and in particular Swantje Tomalak for all her hard work arranging everything.

This artwork can also be seen later this year at the VeggieWorld Munich (Germany) expo from the 20 April-1 May and again in Paris (France) from the 8-9 October at the VeggieWorld Paris expo.  For more information visit: http://veggieworld.de
<![CDATA[Artist in the Spotlight: Twyla Francois]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:14:21 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/artist-in-the-spotlight-twyla-francoisImagen
This thought-provoking piece by Twyla Francois is called; 'Now Serving: Exposing the "Humane Meat" Myth'

Twyla Francois has been a farmed animal cruelty investigator for over a decade. Her work has been the focus of numerous documentaries, including No Country for Animals (Global National), Bêtes à bord (CBC Radio-Canada), No Country for Horses (CBC National), Food for Thought (CTV W5), Cruel Business (CTV W5), Behind the Barn Door (CTV W5) and These Little Piggies (CTV W5).

Investigations conducted or overseen by Twyla have led to the closure of facilities, animal cruelty charges and convictions, corporate animal welfare policy reforms, government-commissioned research, rescues of abused and neglected farmed animals, and opening the hearts and minds of millions to the power of their food choices to create a kinder world.

Twyla has rescued and been fortunate to share her life with numerous farmed animals, including Wilbur, the pig she rescued off the highway after a trailer accident, Tara and Avalo, horses who were destined for slaughter, Marlene and Natalie, unsold chicks about to be stomped at a livestock auction, and Sophie and Katie, two injured and traumatized turkeys who escaped the catchers hired to load them for slaughter.

Recognizing that not everyone will be reached by graphic footage and photos, Twyla's art seeks to raise awareness on the plight of today's farmed animals in a more gentle, but hopefully equally compelling, way

To see more of Twyla's work visit: twylafrancois.com and https://www.facebook.com/TwylaFrancoisArt

— with Twyla Francois

<![CDATA[Artist in the Spotlight: Julia Beutling]]>Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:52:41 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/artist-in-the-spotlight-julia-beutlingPicture
"This image was created last winter, when suddenly fur kept popping up on people' clothes everywhere, after it had been out of the stores for so many years. I was so shocked how little people seemed to know about the cruelties of fur production, that I had to paint this."

To see more of Julia' work visit: www.juliabeutling.de and https://www.facebook.com/juliabeutlingillustration?ref=hl

<![CDATA[Artist in the Spotlight: Amanda Moeckel]]>Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:46:37 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/artist-in-the-spotlight-amanda-moeckelPicture
“Burn the Abattoirs” is one of five in a series of silkscreen prints called “Action Words for Animal People.” It’s Amanda's favorite because it’s about unbridled emotion. Where is the channel for our highest fantasies, if not through art? Politics and tactics aside, wouldn’t we all be so happy to burn ‘em all to the ground?

To see more of Amanda's work visit:

Pet Portraits:


Animal Advocacy Art:
There are still some of these and other prints from the series available in her store.

<![CDATA[Artist in the Spotlight: Mystic Missy Fu]]>Fri, 06 Nov 2015 22:32:43 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/artist-in-the-spotlight-mystic-missy-fuPicture
"When you have the deer as a spirit animal, you are highly sensitive and have a strong intuition. Through your affinity with this animal, you have the power to deal with challenges with grace. You master the art of being both determined and gentle in your approach. This artwork speaks about the connection of the pain between human beings and animals -  we are more connected that we think and if we hurt animals we hurt ourselves."

See more of Mystic Missy Fu's work here:
www.mysticmissyfu.com and here: https://www.facebook.com/MysticMissyFu

<![CDATA[Article in Barefoot Vegan Magazine]]>Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:43:37 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/article-in-barefoot-vegan-magazineWe are excited to be featured in the November / December 2015 issue of Barefoot Vegan Magazine.  If you haven´t already heard about this magazine, then you're missing out!  Barefoot Vegan is a bi-monthly, digital magazine that is absolutely FREE to subscribe to.

Head on over to www.BarefootVegan.com to sign up now and read the article!
<![CDATA[2016 Calendar Artists: Kit Jagoda]]>Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:10:07 GMThttp://artofcompassionproject.com/news/2016-calendar-artists-kit-jagodaPicture
'Sanctuary Life' by Kit Jagoda (USA) represents life on their sanctuary with rabbits, goats, horses, pigs, sheep, cows, donkeys, dogs, cats, birds. Always busy, sometimes feeling chaotic and sometimes peaceful. Colorful and detailed, this painting reflects the joy of helping these animals.

Kit is the co-founder and director of River's Wish Animal Sanctuary. They care for cows, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, rabbits, birds, cats and dogs. She has been a full time public school art teacher since 1987. River's Wish Animal Sanctuary also offers Art and Animals workshops during the summer.

Find out more about the sanctuary here.