都柏林市  

Dublin City

 

第一次因為畫畫而收到錢,好開心!

 

 

出發去歐洲前,我在香港印製了百多張明信片,一共四款,正面是我的畫作,反面是個人資料,就像明信片尺寸的名片,送給各地Host與朋友。

 

 

 

當天我走入這間Jam Art Factory(請見上圖),店內擺滿漂亮插圖的掛畫/明信片/月曆等,我在想:如果我的畫能在此擺賣就好了,於是我膽粗粗上前自薦。

 

收銀台後的職員是位型格女郎,我先讚嘆一翻Jam Art Factory好靚好靚,破冰+暖場+套料,原來此店旨在推廣愛爾蘭當代藝術,畫師大多居於都柏林;然後我拿出自製明信片,直入主題:唔知您地有無興趣擺放這些畫呢?

 

型格女郎拿起明信片細看,挑了漩渦,她說她特別喜歡漩渦,又講得出我想表達的「迴環往復」概念,我說自己正在旅行,又展示Picture the Host Project的畫,她有認真看,有興趣了解畫的故事與理念。

 

但她說:「雖然我很喜歡你的畫,但很遺憾,這店不能擺賣你的畫,這店只擺賣愛爾蘭藝術家的作品。」

我有點失望,問:「只能是白人畫家嗎?」

她解釋:「不止白人,任何人都可以,只要居住在愛爾蘭就行。」

 

那就無辦法了,如果未來我會在愛爾蘭居住,我一定會再來自薦:)

 

她誠摯地說不好意思,把漩渦遞回給我,我忙說:「不用還給我,那是送給您的。」

她笑說:「真的嗎?謝謝!我很喜歡這張圖。但藝術不是免費,我俾返錢你吖,這張明信片怎麼賣?」

我完全無料到她會這樣說,腦袋一片空白,說:「我不知道啊,您喜歡吧!」

她隨即打開錢包,掏了兩、三歐出來,說:「給你!」

我收下那兩、三歐硬幣,喜道:「謝謝!」

 

 

第一次因為畫畫而收到錢的過程好奇妙,竟是對方主動俾錢我,雖然兩、三歐不算什麼,但很高興得到別人的肯定、欣賞與鼓勵。

香港有很多很多免費藝術活動,雖然自己算是(偽)文青,但要參加藝術活動時,第一考慮還是:是否免費?

但她的「藝術不是免費」的想法,令我反省藝術家可以是一種職業,藝術產出不是必然免費,文化人不是吃錦旗維生(梁文道語)。

付出一個合宜價錢交換藝術創作,是對創作者的肯定、欣賞與鼓勵,我不能只靠免費/收費來衡量是否參加藝術活動,不然我會錯過很多拓展眼界的機會呢。

 

 

 

I am so happy I was receiving MONEY for my drawing for the FIRST time!

 

 

I printed 100+ postcards before the Europe trip. There were 4 different designs. The front side was my drawings and the back side was my personal info. They just like a name card in postcard size and they were the presents for my Hosts and friends in Europe.

 

 

 

I walked in this Jam Art Factory (see the above picture) because all the posters/postcards/calendars inside were so beautiful. I was dreaming that it would be great if my drawings can be put here.

So I stepped forward and try to self-recommend myself.

 

There was a chic lady behind the cashier. First I praised Jam Art Factory for warming up+ice breaking+gathering informations.

So it was an art store aim on promoting Irish contemporary art. The represented artists mostly lived in Dublin.

Then I took out my postcards and asked directly, ‘I wonder would you have any interest to display these drawings?’

 

The chic lady pick up Swirl and looked very detail. She said she love Swirl and she understood the ‘Circling’ concept which hidden in the drawing. I told her that I was traveling and show her the drawings of Picture the Host Project. She looked at them with interest and wanted to know the stories and concepts behind the pictures.

 

But she said, ‘I love your drawings but I am sorry that we can’t put your drawings here. We only display Irish artists’ works,’

I was a bit disappointed and asked, ‘So I must be a white artist?’

She explained, ‘Not just whites, it can be anyone, only if they live in Ireland.’

 

Then I didn’t have a chance…yet.

If one day I moved to Ireland I would recommend myself again for sure:)

 

She said she was really sorry and gave me back Swirl.

I said quickly, ‘No need to give me back, it’s for you!’

She smiled, ‘Really? Thanks! I really love this drawing. But art is not free. I shall give you back money. How much do you sell this postcard?’

I absolutely didn’t expect she would say this and I was blanked so I just said, ‘I don’t know, as you like!’

She took out her wallet and gave me some 2-3 Euros dollars and said, ‘Here!’

I received the coins happily and said, ‘Thanks!’

 

It was such an amazing experience to receive money for my drawing for my first time. I never expected someone would GIVE me money for my drawings. 2-3 Euros dollars was not much but I was very happy that I got encouragement, admiration and confidence from others.

 

There are lots and lots of FREE art activities in Hong Kong. Even I was a (fake) art type person but my first concern of joining an art activity is still: Is it FREE?

 

 

She taught me ‘Art is not FREE’. Artist IS a profession. Artistic creation did not necessary FREE. Cultural person does not eat memorial flag for living (by Leung Man-Tao)

 

It would be an encouragement, admiration and confidence for the artists if I pay a reasonable price to exchange for artistic creations/experiences/activities. I shouldn’t decide whether I would join an art activity or not just by FREE/CHARGED or I would miss lots of opportunities to open my horizons!

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