Late last year, we heard about a great little humanitarian project put on by a group of artists – Little Lotus. Having attained their fundraising goal, the artist then headed over to the Thailand/Burmese border to teach art to a whole slew of children in need – the results of which were extraordinary, and touching.
That, however, wasn’t the end of it. Not only have they also produced a short documentary of the whole project, but the artists involved, and a bunch of their friends, are now putting on a show in Wellington at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery – read on for a whole heap of cool stuff about it …
"[Little Lotus exhibition was] largely inspired by our recent trip in the border of Thailand and Burma, where 13 artists from the US and NZ got together to be volunteer art teachers last December 2011. We painted murals and taught art classes to these beautiful kids, who work at the nearby rubbish dump, or had been orphaned by AIDS or rescued from trafficking.
Around 30 artists have contributed to the exhibit, including Askew, Misery, Peap, Flox, and Sofia Minson. Artists who took part in the 2011 project and will be part of the exhibit include international artists Sheryo, The Yok, Drypnz, Angry Woebots, Meghan Geliza and J-Rryu.
The Little Lotus Project documentary and EP will also be released on the night, as well as photography from Pat Shepherd, Cleo Barnett and James Bushell, and drawings by the Burmese kids themselves. All proceeds will go to the ongoing welfare of these kids.
For the full line-up of artists and details on the project, please visit: ;
Also, check out the newly released Little Lotus documentary below …
Also check out a few of the pics from the whole project and a little preview of Meghan Gelizas work for the show – love it.
Who: Askew, Misery, Peap, Flox, and Sofia Minson, Sheryo, The Yok, Drypnz, Angry Woebots, Meghan Geliza, J-Rryu & more. Photography from Pat Shepherd, Cleo Barnett and James Bushell, and drawings by the Burmese kids themselves.
What: Little Lotus Exhibition
Where: New Zealand Portrait Gallery (Shed 11), Wellington, NZ
When: Exhibition opens Friday October 12th and runs until October 18th.
Check out the Little Lotus homepage for more information.