Pulse Clinic holding sexual health art competition
Pulse Clinic, Asia's leading sexual healthcare provider, is calling on artists from Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to submit artwork that expresses their thoughts and understanding of sexual health during the "Pulse Awards: The Art Of Life", until Oct 15.
Held for the first time to raise awareness on the importance of sexual health, remove social stigma towards the LGBTQI community, and normalise society's attitudes towards sex and sexuality, the competition is open to new and emerging contemporary visual artists aged 18 and up residing in Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Thailand.
Each contestant can submit only one work under any of the five categories -- 2D painting, 3D sculpture, photography, ceramic and digital art. Each entry must come with a description (50-100 words) that explains their art piece and its relation to the theme "Sexual Health Matters".
There is no limit to the size but large works will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Five finalists of each category will be announced on Nov 2. They will have their works exhibited at the new Pulse Gallery spaces in Bangkok in the lead-up to World Aids Day on Dec 1 when the winners will be announced.
There are two prizes for each category -- the First Prize worth US$3,200 (approximately 100,000 baht) and the Most Promising worth US$1,600 (50,000 baht). Selected works will be auctioned and half of the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation For Life (FFL) to support the testing and treatment of individuals and communities. The other half will go to the artists.
The FFL is a non-commercial charitable organisation dedicated to raising awareness of health and providing health care and education. Its focus is to improve the quality of people's well-being, with the aim to normalise sexual health and reduce the STI/HIV burden.