COLLAGE is a festival dedicated to the idea of collage and collaboration, and art that doesn’t quite fit in other festivals and shows. It always falls on the Thursday to Saturday before Mother’s Day.
First of all, we believe in making art. Art on stages and on walls; in small books and large spaces; in backyards and rooftop decks. COLLAGE says: Make work, honor the work you make, and make more work. Don’t be precious about it. If you make art, you are an artist, so the key is in the making. Whatever it is you want to do, make 5, 10, 15 of it a week.
Second: We do not believe in corporate sponsorship or censorship. COLLAGE promotes a more roll-up-your-sleeves, DIY energy. Ideally this allows for more folks to get involved… more underrepresented work, more collaboration, more variety of work and medium and idea.
Finally, we believe folks should see as much art as possible – art that you like and art that you don’t like. Often we are not the first artist to visit an idea, so figure out who else work(ed)s with similar materials, ideas, locations, people… Towards this end COLLAGE remains an affordable experience. No $30 shows, no one turned away for lack of funds. We believe art should be recession proof.
We hope COLLAGE is a place where all of this is possible.
Founded in 2010 by visual artist Toby Celery and installation artist Joy Mariama Smith, COLLAGE festival expanded to include George Alley and Justin Dula as curators the next year. Our artists partner with our patrons in virtually every industry — from movement, literature and fashion, to automotive, aerospace and communication networks — enabling smarter, faster, and better artistic possibilities. Would you like to visit the annuls of COLLAGE festival history?
In order to keep COLLAGE festival affordable to all artist and visitors, the curators periodically arrange fundraising events throughout the year.
COLLAGE 2013 will take place at the Ukrainian American Citizens’ Association (The Ukie Club on Franklin) from May 2 – 4, 2013. The Ukie Club is at 847 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 between Poplar and Brown, as you can see here. Though convenient to everything, you may want to make your travel arrangements now, so you don’t miss out.