The Peres Center for Peace & Innovation and Israeli company Keter this week issued an open call for artists and designers across the Middle East, to take part in a visual art project titled “The New Shape of Co-Existence.” Artists and designers from across the region of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds are invited to present their unique perspectives on the subject.

All entries will be judged by a professional committee, which will select approximately 30 artworks to be prominently displayed in the public plaza at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, overlooking the Tel Aviv-Jaffa beachfront. In addition, the selected artworks will be photographed and documented as part of a digital project conducted by the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and the Keter Group.

The contest is open to works of photography, installation art, sculpture, and various graphic artworks that address one or both of the following topics: Peace and coexistence as an aspiration, desire and challenge; and Innovation in materials, ideas and initiatives.

Submitted artworks must be 14cm x 21cm in size and suitable for inclusion within a unique exhibition space featuring a concrete-style finish.

The personal details and country of origin of each artist will be displayed alongside the relevant artwork in the exhibition space, with full artist details available online.

The Keter Group will hand the most outstanding artwork a €4,000 prize as judged by the professional committee. In addition, one artwork singled out for merit will receive a €2,000 prize, while another commended by the professional committee will be awarded a €1,000 prize.

Artists and designers interested in participating are requested to submit photographs of their artwork/ sketch by e-mail to coexistingproject@keter.com by 16 August 2020. Artists whose work is selected by the committee will be notified by 6 September 2020.

Efrat Duvdevani, Director General of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation said, “This project encapsulates the essence of the work of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, and we are proud to lead it in partnership with Keter. For the past 23 years, the Peres Center has been implementing programs that connect Israelis from all sectors and backgrounds, and Israel with its neighbors. The art that will be displayed as part of the project in our public plaza will paint a picture of the reality that we believe can be achieved for all of us – one of partnership, of innovation, and of peace.”

Udi Sagi and Iftach Sachar, Co-CEOs of Keter said, “In the current reality, values such as mutual respect, entrepreneurship and innovation are being reaffirmed. The basis for this new installation stems from the belief that design and art must break new barriers and become an expression of coexistence and brotherhood. Keter, as an Israeli company which has reached a global audience and identifies with groundbreaking innovation in its field, is proud to promote projects in the field of innovation and visual arts. We are doubly proud when they are to be presented at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation.”

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The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation was founded in 1996 by the late 9th President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shimon Peres. The Center aims to promote a prosperous Israel, to nurture and highlight Israeli innovation, and pave the way for shared living among all of Israel’s citizens and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. The Israel Innovation Center at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation has rapidly become a showcase for the best of Israeli ingenuity, as well as an important tool for advancing positive relations and economic ties with the rest of the world.
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