“Water for Life “ International Art Exhibition

November 7th – 15th, 2019

Universidad Del Caribe, Cancun Mexico

ABOUT WATER FOR LIFE

VIDEO ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Water is the primary medium, through which climate change influences Earth’s ecosystem and thus the livelihood and well being of societies.

“WATER FOR LIFE”, is an International cultural and artistic program that showcases around the world a series of artworks inspired by the theme of water. 

“WATER FOR LIFE” theme was influenced by the famous underwater mural at the CÁRCAMO DEL RÍO LERMA, by Diego Rivera and his Assistant Rina Lazo.  As Rina Lazo stated about “Water for Life”,  “I think it is very important that all human beings should have enough water to live with dignity.”  She further added; “Diego Rivera painted the mural; Water As The Origin Of Life, to end the thirst of humanity, he would be very proud if he knew about these group exhibitions.”

Through the theme of water, our objective is to raise awareness among the public and children about the important social and cultural issue: More than a billion individuals – one in seven people on the planet – now lack access to safe drinking water. 

Today due to climate change, higher temperatures and changes in extreme weather conditions are projected to affect availability and distribution of rainfall, snowmelt, river flows, groundwater, and further deteriorate water quality.

More floods and severe droughts are predicted. Changes in water availability will also impact health and food security.

The very successful “Water for Life” International Art Exhibition, First Edition started at the Niagara Falls History Museum, as 20% of the fresh water from the world passes through Niagara Falls. The Second Edition was held in the Historical District of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Several award winning and renowned Artists from different Countries participated to these International Art Exhibitions and were selected based on their artistic talent and recognition by international art critics.

“Water for Life”, important cause, has received a significant support of multiple elected officials, and the public as water is the essence of life.

In order to also sensitize Kids and adolescents about the Global issues of drinkable water, “Water for Life” partnered with the “World Day for the Rights of Children and Adolescence”, SECOND EDITION, in November 20th, 2018, in Florence, Italy, and brought this event to an International level. On this date we commemorate when the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1989, the UN Convention for the Rights of Children and Adolescence. This itinerant Children and Adolescents exhibition First opening was at the Prestigious Murate; then at the Fondazione Primo Conti and at the Istituto Superiore “Alberti Dante” in Florence Italy.

“Water for Life” will continue its support to the “World Day for the Rights of Children and Adolescence”, THIRD EDITION, in November 20th, 2019, in Florence, Italy.

The “ Water for Life” International Art Exhibition, Third Edition will be held at the Universidad del Caribe in Cancun, Mexico, from November 7-15th 2019. It will be a unique and cultural activity to engage the International community in support of safe drinking water. In this Edition there are 2 important natural sources that need our protection in the Yucatán Peninsula:

First the Mangroves, particularly the red Mangroves who live between the sea and the land, in areas which are flooded by tides for part of the time. They make up one of the world’s most unique ecosystems because they thrive where no other trees can survive- in transition zone between the ocean and land. That can help reduce the impact of higher sea water level on coastal protection in the face of Global Climate Change.

The second are the thousands of cenotes found in the Mexico Yucatán Peninsula alone. Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. The Mayas revered cenotes because they were a water source in dry times as most of them are a great source of fresh accessible groundwater that also needs our protection. The “Water For Life” International Art Exhibition, Third Edition, partnered with the Universidad Del Caribe, and collaborated with Centinelas del Agua Association,Río Secreto, Alltournative and Parque Maya.

TO DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORMS 

  1. Copyright Release & Participation Agreement
  2. REGISTRATION / CATALOGUE SUBMISSION FORM

General Regulations 2019

THIS INFORMATION IS ONLY FOR SELECTED ARTISTS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED TO EXHIBIT BY THE SELECTION COMMITTEE. ARTISTS CANNOT PARTICIPATE WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE COMMITTEE AND THEREFORE THIS DOCUMENT CANNOT BE SHARED WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE ORGANIZERS.

1. ARTIST MEDIA CATEGORIES:

Painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, digital art, sculpture, printing, and installations.

2. ALLOCATED SPACE & ARTWORK SIZE:

Total allocated space per artist is 1.5 m (W) x 2.5 m (H), including frame for all hanging artwork. Depending on the artwork size a maximum of 1-3 artworks will be accepted. Please be advised that some empty space should be left between the artworks <10cm> for the best appreciation of the artworks.

ARTWORK SCULPTURES

For tri-dimensional small artworks (sculptures) the maximum total size should fit on a 40x40cm maximum size display pedestals provided. For any larger sizes please contact the International Cultural Promoter / Event Coordinator for other possibilities or potential options of display.

3. ABOUT YOUR ART:

Please note that since this is an open public exhibition, Artist must follow the following policy:

ARTWORK shall not stereotype or promotes views and ideas which are likely to promote discrimination, contempt or hatred for any person on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, color, citizenship, religion, age, sex, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, receipt of public assistance or level of literacy.

ARTWORK shall be hanging ready i.e. having a wire, on the back of frame, to easily hang from the picture hooks.

ARTWORK sizes as per the exhibition requirements MUST include the size of the frame.

ARTWORKS must have a label on the back with the artist’s name, nationality, title of the artwork, year of production, dimension and technique.

ARTWORKS Customs Clearance and Duty Free is the sole responsibility of the artist where applicable.

INSTALLATION/ SET-UP AND DE-INSTALLATION / SET-OFF:

ART INSTALLATION (SET-UP):

Once the artwork is received in good condition at the Universidad del Caribe
SM. 78, Mza. 1, Lote 1, Esquina Fraccionamiento Tabachines. C.P. 77528 Ciudad Cancún, Quintana Roo
México.
 [Teléfono: +52 (01)(998) 881-44-00, ext. 1012] 

Attention: Lic. María Rosa Ochoa Avila, Directora del Patronato, Edificio Biblioteca PB, the Curator and staff will be responsible to open the container and unpack the artwork for set up. The Artistic Director/ Curators will be responsible for the lay out of artwork within the allocated space. All return documentation for the artwork must be received along with the artwork (Way Bill for Transport, Customs documentation and CARNET).

Your artwork can be received 2 weeks prior starting 21st October, 2019 and must be received at the latest on November 4th, 2019 between 10:00am and 17:00pm at the University. Set-up will be done on November 6th, 2019. The Opening reception will be on November 7th, 2019 from 10:00 AM to allow Media attendance.

ART DE-INSTALLATION (SET-OFF):

At the end of the Exhibition artworks will be handled by Staff under supervision of Curator and wrapped in their original packaging and containers for transport to pick them up on assigned agreed return date. ALL return paperwork such as Way Bill for Transport, Customs documentation and CARNET provided by the artist will be attached to the returning artwork to the transport Company.

You must pick up your artwork on November 16th, 2019 starting at 9:00 AM until 17:00 PM exclusively. Please ensure if you are not attending and shipping your artwork to the University, that you have the entire return paperwork ready to be attached to your packaging for transport and customs. We cannot accept to hold any artwork left behind by the artist after 16th of November 2019 due to other functions.

4. ORGANIZATION FEE

Some of the organization fee required for the entire period of the Exhibit are to support the following; event coordination and organization, curatorial services, catalogue design, preparation of list and invitations for guests and dignitaries, promotional material, handling of the artwork for set up and set off, packing of the artwork in original containers ready for transport pick up, artwork labels design and printing, translation where applicable, press releases, social media activities, website updates, PR communication (TV, radio, written press), marketing strategy, event promotion, identification of local collaborators to support the cause, vernissage/opening logistics, Artwork sales assistance/ management, video production / event photos capture, Certificate of Participation.

Please note that Organization fee does not include transport, insurance or storage costs.

To guarantee your registration, and inclusion for this event, non-refundable Organization Fee must be paid in a single Installment or in 2 Installments with the following 2 options and discounts:

ORGANIZATION FEE (NON-REFUNDABLE) must be paid in 1 single or 2 Installments.

(PAYMENT LINKS WILL BE SENT BY THE EVENT COORDINATOR BY E-MAIL)

Early Registration by latest 31st July 2019  (DISCOUNT)
WFL3-OC-1.0 1.0 Paid in a single Installment
Regular Registration 1st August, 2019 and by latest October 7th, 2019
WFL3-OC-2.0 Paid in two Installments: WFL3-OC-1.a. First Installment must be paid when you register to guarantee your participation and registration at the latest July 31st, 2019.   WFL3-OC-2.b.The balancemust be paid within the period at the latest by October 7th, 2019.      

In the event that a Sponsor and not the Artist issue the payment, for tax reasons the invoice will be made out to the individual or corporation that made the payment.

5. ARTISTS SPONSORSHIP

In the event that an Artist may have Sponsorship in order to help for the participation to this event, we are please to inform Artists that we will allow inserting the logo of maximum 3 Sponsors on the bottom of the Artist’s page in the Digital Catalogue. We hope that this may help Artists who need some sponsorship funds to participate. Artists will be responsible to provide/ e-mail the logo of their Sponsors by October 22nd, 2019 deadline.

6. FORCE MAJEURE

In the event of force majeure or, in any case, due to reasons beyond the control of the Organizers, the date of the Exhibition may be changed or even cancelled. In the latter case, the Organizer shall reimburse the amount paid by the Artist as of the relevant date.

7. ACCESS DATE & TIME:

“Water for Life” International Art Exhibition, Third Edition will be held from November 7–15th, 2019 at the Universidad del Caribe
SM. 78, Mza. 1, Lote 1, Esquina Fraccionamiento Tabachines. C.P. 77528 Ciudad Cancún, Quintana Roo
México. Teléfono: +52(01)(998) 881-44-00, ext. 1012

LOCATION: Biblioteca Antonio Enriquez Savignac

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED

8. INSURANCE COVERAGE / DAMAGES & LIABILITY:

  1. that the Universidad del Caribe, ABUGABER CANADA INC., or organizers cannot be liable for any damages to your artwork outside of the Gallery or if managed by a transport company.
  2. University staff will be present at all times during opening hours to the general public to ensure safety of your artwork. The University will have additional Guards during the Exhibition period near the artworks. However please note that the University is NOT insured for theft and vandalism resulting from forced entry burglary and damage resulting from fire or flood. Any Artist who wishes to insure their artworks for any other risks should make personal arrangements with their insurer at their own cost.

9. CATALOGUE:

The main selected artwork and the artist portrait will be published along with the biography (max. 100 words) in the “Water for Life” digital Catalogue. The digital catalogue will be made available for wide distribution for the artists promotion, on the University, and on the Government of the State of Quintana Roo website and for all other media promotion.

Each participating artist will be represented in the digital catalogue. The catalogue will require artist to

submit the following:

  • max 5MB 300dpi 171.0 mm x 190.5 mm Landscape) with the details (title, technique, year of production, size (cm) and representing Country). For sculpture please include height and depth,
  • (TIFF or JPG MAX 3MB 300dpi approx. size 55.0 mm x 45.0 mm)

Example:

Please note that the artwork included in the catalogue must be exhibited. If you are exhibiting 2 or 3 artworks, curators will require lower resolution images (jpg) to be sent and the details of each artwork (title, artwork size, technique/medium) for the purpose of the labeling and setup.

Please note that we will include in the catalogue your Name, Country, Biography, main artwork details, and website (if available).

The Artistic Director/ Curator reserves the right to ask Artists to change or modify the chosen artwork for publication, at its own discretion.

10. TRANSPORT:

Artists are entirely responsible to bring or send their artwork to the exhibition location and assume all inherent costs; including customs fees, documentation and any other pertaining costs. All large wood crates, storage container, and packaging will be stored on site during the exhibition period.

COURIER (FEDEX, DHL, UPS)

Please ensure that the courier can clear customs on your behalf for Mexico’s entry of your artwork. In the case this service is NOT provided ask if they can suggest a broker to clear customs, so that the courier can ship from customs to University.

IMPORT IN YOUR PERSONAL BAGGAGE

Passengers may import items into their personal baggage without requiring the services of a customs agent by paying a global rate of 16%, provided that the total amount, excluding the duty free exemption, does not exceed $3,000.USD, proof of payment or any other document that proves the commercial value of the items is provided.

http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/Portal/index.html#!/mercancia

FORM: https://siat.sat.gob.mx/PTSC/DPE/faces/resources/pages/declaracion/declaracion.jsf

CARNET ATA

We recommend for all International Artists to use the CARNET ATA system, to avoid paying duty on your artwork entering Mexico. Please note that you have to pay a certain percentage on the value you put on your documentation as a guarantee, therefore, the higher the value that you estimate of your art, the higher the amount of bond you will have to pay in advance to the originating Country issuing the CARNET. Until you return your artwork in your originating Country, you will only then be reimbursed for the deposited Bond. Please ensure to check with the Chamber of Commerce of your Country for the process in obtaining the CARNET ATA for Mexico’s entry of your artwork. 

Mexico – Special Considerations 

https://www.atacarnet.com/advisory/Mexico-Special-Considerations

Note special considerations for Carnets going to Mexico:

Cancún Cancún Int’l Airport (Air) Daily 9am-3pm Closed Saturday Closed Sunday

For those Artists who used the CARNET ATA to enter Mexico, you can still sell your artwork, as long as you pay the duty to the issuer of the CARNET. If the Artwork does not return, the CARNET ATA will keep the amount allocated for that particular artwork as a Bond.

11. VERNISSAGE / OPENING:

The vernissage/ opening will be held at the Universidad del Caribe in the presence of special guests and dignitaries.

Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Alcohol is not permitted on the premises of the University.

12. ARTWORK SALES:

Based on your Customs agreement you will be able to sell your Artwork, to the general public. You will need to provide your price in USD currency when you fill in the forms for registration. The organizers will take no commission for any sales. Any interested customers will be referred directly to the artists to complete their sales transaction. Organizers may assist to facilitate discussions due to language barriers.

The Artwork(s) must be available for the duration of the exhibition and are not to be removed from the University until the end of the exhibition date.

13. ARTWORK COPYRIGHT:

During the period of set/up and exhibition, Artist agrees that the public will have the rights to photograph or use videography for their personal use only of the artwork.

ARTISTS must agree to the terms and conditions by signing the COPYRIGHT RELEASE FORM / PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT below for this event.

The copyright release allows for a limited use of copyright privileges so that the person to whom the release is addressed will be free from threat of legal prosecution. Copyright releases are a way of legally granting another person rights to your work. With your permission, that person can use that work for public use or display, as it will be the case for the Universidad Del Caribe and Art Director/Curator and Associates involved for this event.

CONTACT E-MAIL:

For any information please contact the Staff at: [email protected]