The Azores aren’t just the most beautiful place on earth (to me, at least), they’re also a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. The downside of living in a remote archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, despite all that envy-inducing beauty, is, well, remoteness.
When I attended the 6th edition of the Azores Fringe Festival last May, I wasn’t surprised that only a few of the artists made a living off their art. While some of them are more attracted to the creative process than the final product itself, thus not paying so much importance to earn an income, others regretted the lack of financial support, courage, and time to pursue their artistic careers. Some, if not most, would simply like to keep their creative outlet as such, and I respect that.
But for those who lack the financial support, courage, and time to pursue their artistic careers, remoteness is both a curse and a gift. Remoteness gives a uniqueness to their art, forcing them to be resourceful and inventive at all times, but it can also withdraw them from opportunities to showcase their work that might simply be one flight too far.
I agree that not all art is innovative, or a breakthrough, or worthy of changing History curriculums over it. That is fine. Most of the times, artists are just expressing themselves. That’s it. This is when local organizations like MiratecArts come in and work to make a difference.
The book “Ilustrar Açores” (translated, “Illustrate the Azores”) is the result of four years of hard work, a collection of original illustrations that Azorean-born and Azorean-based artists made between 2014 and 2018. I was thrilled to be at the official launch in Lisbon on July 11th and even more thrilled to have the book in my hands for the first time. I’m proud of another “family” project. The energy I felt there and later at dinner is the same I feel when I travel to the Azores for the Fringe Festival.
I bought a few copies of the book with my friends’ children and nephews and nieces in mind; it is, after all, a coloring book. But then the adults wanted a copy too; not to color, but to keep. So I gave away my remaining copies, except for two — one for myself and the one I’m giving away to a lucky reader. If one of Tripper’s core values is supporting local artists, what better use is there to give to this platform?
I put together a list of FAQs that I assumed would come up, but if you have any questions about this giveaway drop me an email or fill this contact form.
- Is this book for children?
The book is suitable for children but also for adults who enjoy coloring. The goal of the book is to support and promote Azorean artists, as well as to spark everyone’s creativity.
- How many copies are you giving away?
This is a limited first edition and I only have one copy of “Ilustrar Açores” to give away to one lucky winner.
- Where can I order “Ilustrar Açores”?
Please contact MiratecArts at [email protected] to know more about ordering copies of “Ilustrar Açores”.
- Who can enter the competition?
Anyone in the world who is over 18 years old and has a social media account can enter the competition! You must have, at least, one profile on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to participate.
- How do you pick the winner?
I’m using a third-party tool called Gleam. The winner will be picked randomly by the tool from all entries the day after the competition is closed (September 6th, 2018).
- When do you announce the winner?
This giveaway runs from August 20th, 2018 4h00 PM (Lisbon time) to September 5th, 2018 11h59 PM (Lisbon time). The lucky winner will receive an email from [email protected] on September 6th, 2018 10h00 AM (Lisbon time). The winner will be announced on September 10th, 2018 to all Tripper followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, by tagging the username if and when available. If the winner chooses to remain anonymous, Tripper will inform the followers of the winner’s country of residence only.
- What happens if you can’t contact the winner?
The lucky winner will receive an email from [email protected] on September 6th, 2018 10h00 AM (Lisbon time). If Tripper doesn’t hear back from the winner by September 7th, 2018 10h00 AM (Lisbon time), the first runner-up will be contacted, and so forth, until a winner is found.
- How can the winner claim the prize?
The lucky winner will receive an email from [email protected] on September 6th, 2018 10h00 AM (Lisbon time) with instructions. The book will be mailed to an address of the winner’s choice, free of charge. The winner’s address and any other personal data won’t be used for any other purposes or shared with anyone, including Tripper’s readers or business partners.