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What is World Collage Day?

Collage Rocks! We love collage so much, six years ago we created a magazine dedicated to contemporary collage.

Collage connects our eyes, our minds, and the muscles in our hands. Collage is accessible and democratic. All you need is some paper, some glue, and a pair of scissors. Collage gets us thinking differently. In the past 100 years, the medium has played a vital role in the advancement of art. Enthusiastic groups of artists come together to make collage regularly. Collage builds communities. Collage makes beautiful contemporary art.

"Part of what makes collage unique in the art world today is the enthusiastic, dedicated, friendly group of people who come together as a community. In the past six years of publishing Kolaj, we have seen countless collaborations, group exhibitions, meet-ups, and events," writes Ric Kasini Kadour in Kolaj #22. "On a regular basis we witness dialogue and a spirit of cooperation and care for one another. Sometimes the art world can be cold, competitive, money-driven, and frankly inhumane. But in this corner of it where artists hang out and make and share collage, we often find the opposite. We think that is awesome and we think the rest of the world should know about it."

To celebrate collage, Kolaj Magazine declares Saturday, May 12, 2018 World Collage Day.

We invite artists, art centres, museums, galleries, schools, and communities to celebrate the day by hosting events that bring communities together. Ideas include collage making meet-ups, docent-led tours of collage in a museum or gallery, activities for kids, slideshows or talks that appreciate collage's role in contemporary art & art history, exhibitions of collage, and more. We invite people to come together around collage in their own communities and to connect to the world digitally using the hashtag #WorldCollageDay.

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2018 Poster Artist

Special Edition

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Image: Don’t Play with Your Food
by Michael Pajon

Kolaj Magazine Announces Michael Pajon as the 2018 World Collage Day Poster Artist

For World Collage Day, Michael Pajon composed an image of an anthropomorphized bird, his human hands hold a pair of scissors and a banner heralding the day. Pajon’s image will grace the cover of a Special Edition being prepared by Kolaj Magazine that features Cut Out Pages, artist profiles, and stories about collage. The image will also be made into an enamel pin.

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The Special Edition ships on April 25, 2018. Pin ships separately.

World Collage Day
Special Edition

"A love letter from collagists..."

In honour of World Collage Day on May 12, 2018, Kolaj Magazine is releasing a special edition for World Collage Day. The edition has Cut Out Pages, artist profiles, and stories about collage. The World Collage Day Special Edition comes with an enamel pin designed by Michael Pajon featuring the World Collage Day image, a World Collage Day Poster, five World Collage Day postcards, five Collage Artist Trading Cards and some other goodies to get you in the spirit of World Collage Day.

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DEADLINE TO ORDER:
APRIL 25, 2015

World Collage Day
Promotional Materials

Kolaj Magazine is working with PRINTSHOP to make World Collage Day promotional materials available. Posters and postcards can be general or customized to a specific event.

If you would like to print your own poster, CLICK HERE to download a pdf.

If you would like to order printed posters and postcards, CLICK HERE

If you would like to customize the materials with your event information, send an email to PRINTSHOP after you place your order with the following information: Event title, location, address, time, and 5-7 word description.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Plan an Event

Planning an event is easy: Space, time, and activity. Who can you partner with? What organization can you reach out to host your activity? Once you know the details, submit the event. We will announce your event on thi swebsite and through our social media. When we receive your event, we will email with some helpful tips and other resources.

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Spread the Word

You don't have to wait until May 12, 2018 to use the hashtag #WorldCollageDay. Hop on social media. Post images. Share what you will be doing to celebrate World Collage Day. Contact your local media and let them know about World Collage Day and ask them to cover the event in your area. Follow Kolaj Magazine on Social Media:

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Send an email with your ideas, dreams, hopes for World Collage Day.

We need your support!

Planning a day of global domination is expensive! Please consider supporting World Collage Day by subscribing to the Kolaj Magazine, purchasing back issues, ordering Collage Artist Trading Cards, or making a contribution to help us pay for advertisements and other materials that help spread the word about World Collage Day.

WORLD COLLAGE DAY EVENTS


NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, USA

Kolaj Magazine
Celebrates World
Collage Day

1PM to 4PM
Artisan Bar and Cafe
2514 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

Spend World Collage Day with 2018 Poster Artist Michael Pajon & Kolaj Magazine Editor Ric Kasini Kadour! Make a collage, meet collage artists, pick up a copy of the magazine. Free. (Please note, you must be 21+ to enter this venue.) WEBSITE



MONTREAL, QUEBEC

Kolaj Magazine Celebrates World Collage Day at Monastiraki

1PM to 4PM
Monastiraki - Le Petit Monastere
5478 St-Laurent Montreal, QC, H2T 1S1
(514) 278-4879

Founded in 1998, Monastiraki is a curiosity shop and art gallery located in the heart of the Mile End, Montreal. They have art prints, posters, small press, zines, vintage treasures and strange bits of ephemera you won't find anywhere else. Monastiraki's selection of paper ephemera makes it a must-visit place for collagists looking for interesting materials. The shop has been a dedicated stockist of Kolaj Magazine from the beginning and shop owner Billy Mavreas has been a contributor to the magazine. Kolaj Magazine Associate Editor Chris Byrne will be on hand and folks are welcome to stop in and make a collage, meet other collage artists, and peruse back issues and Collage Artist Trading Cards.


MADRID, SPAIN

Launch of Labzine #2

Laboratorio de Collage Madrid is a group of artists and collage lovers who meet once a month to work together around a theme. In 2018, they started the online fanzine Labzine. Labzine #2, "Sueños Dada" (or "DADA Dreams"), is dedicated to the celebration of World Collage Day. For the day, they will be building a special, online fanzine with analogue collages from all over the world that were sent by email in response to a call to artists. Would you like to participate? Respond to their call to artists by May 1, 2018. On World Collage Day, May 12, 2018, they will reveal the works submitted and spread them around the world through Facebook @LaboratoriodeCollageMadrid, Instagram @collabmadrid, and other social networks.

KOBLENZ, GERMANY

Elective Affinities: A Collage Workshop

3-7PM
Atelier Gröbl
Casinostraße 37
56068 Koblenz

A fun and relaxed collage making workshop, led by Maria Elisa Quiaro, to celebrate World Collage Day. This is a creative workshop to enjoy the fantastic world of Collage. No experience is needed, this workshop is for everyone. Find out more about workshop leader, Maria Elisa Quiaro, on her website.


PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

Collage Tips & Tricks with Kevin Sampsell

1-3PM
Blick Art Materials
1115 NW Glisan Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
Event location website:

Celebrate World Collage Day with tips and tricks from Portland collage artist Kevin Sampsell. The host of the popular “Open Collage Night” at Portland's Independent Publishing Resource Center, Sampsell will hand out a cheat sheet of pointers and show you some of his favourite collage tricks. Materials (paper, vintage magazines, scissors, and glue) will be provided. Come see how fun and easy it is to explore this accessible art form. ARTIST WEBSITE


HERZLIYA, ISRAEL

Collage Morning

11AM-1PM
Herzliya Art Gallery & Artist's House
5 Ben Gurion Boulevard
46447 Herzliya, Israel

Join the Herzliya Artists Organization for a short lecture by artist Shlomo Shvartz about the beginnings of collage as an art form. Gallery artist Laurie Rosenberg will give a brief review of different techniques used in collage along with examples of current popular collage artists of today. Laurie will lead a workshop following the talk.

CIVITA CASTELLANA, ITALY

Glue for All

9AM-7PM
The.ArtCeram Factory
Via Monsignor Tenderini snc
01033 Civita Castellana (VT), Italy
Event Website

This Glue for All event is sponsored by The.ArtCeram who will host us in their showroom: a former church, next to their factory. Adult and high-school age participants of any level are welcome to come to experiment with this approachable medium. Paper and collage materials will be provided, and participants are urged to bring their own scissors and glue sticks. Presented by the Collage Convivium Civita Castellana


PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Book Collage Workshop

3-6PM
Donuterie
Náprstkova 9
120 00 Prague 1

Spend World Collage Day in beautiful Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, in the heart of Europe! We are preparing a special handmade collage workshop focusing on the theme of the bird poster. In this workshop, the participants will create a Bird Atlas containing rare, imaginative, fantastic, non-living, bizarre, freaky and strange ornithological images in book form. The workshop is presented by Kosmo Nauty, a Czech artist based in Prague who has a passion for hand-cut collage and textile objects. ARTIST WEBSITE

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA

Paper Monsters: Collage Workshop & Body Collage Demonstration

2-5PM
L'Usine 106U
160 rue Roy Est
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2X 4B3

Attention collage lovers, glue stick fans, and happy or melancholic creators! We invite you to play with scissors with us at L'Usine 106U gallery. Some materials will be available, but the more we have, the better it will be. So don't hesitate to bring and exchange papers and magazines and don't forget your scissors and glue. There will be a live performance/demonstration of Body Collage by Jerome Bertrand. Do you like body painting? Why not body collage? You can't wait to see it! L'Usine 106U is a gallery in Montreal that often exhibits collage. The restroom is covered with a 360° collage installation in-progress created by John Lanthier. The intended audience for this event is adults. EVENT WEBSITE


MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, USA

pre-World Collage Day
Art Party
on Friday, May 11, 2018

5-7:30PM
Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 USA

Come enjoy a free evening of art making. We'll supply the materials, you just bring your imagination. Never collaged before? No problem, we can give you advice and will have some examples for inspiration.

Image: Collage by Ben DiNino whose cut out page is featured in World Collage Day Special Edition.


BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Playing with the Ratios: Collage Workshop with Susanna Lakner

10AM-2PM
TOBE Gallery
Bródy Sándor u. 36
1088 Budapest, Hungary

In an intensive 4-hour workshop and with Susanna Lakner's help, the participants will discover the world of artistic collage. The workshop will be focused on fashion: playing with its parts and changing radically its proportions the result will be a transformation from the already known visual aspect to a new dimension. EMAIL for more information about the workshop



PARIS, FRANCE

Destockage massif
Exhibition Opening

7PM
Le Pavillon des Canaux
39 quai de la Loire
75019 Paris, France

"Destockage massif" (massive clearance sale) is a series of absurd and distressing collages by Jérôme Sachs that runs from 12 May to 31 May 2018. Sachs tears, cuts and reassembles free newspapers, flyers and brochures, things found in waiting rooms: in short, the country where life is cheaper. Everything is for sale and everything is at the same reading level: Men, women, everyday objects, fashion, food, clearance items and luxury items meet at the turnstile of flavours. Sachs likes Outsider Art, Jacques Prévert, Topor, Jean Christophe Averty, record sleeves covered in scribbles, drawings on tablecloths, any art made outside of the official framework. All of his analogue collages are handmade. Sachs is the founder of the collective and agency, Studioburo, in Paris. ARTIST WEBSITE



BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

Experimental Collage Workshop

9AM-1PM
Distrito Diez
Av. Hipodromo, 15-E, Col. Hipodromo
22024 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Cut and paste, assemble and disassemble. A journey through paper where everything is possible, where there are no limits and imagination is the protagonist. Experimenting through the assembling of different elements often leads us to universes where ingenuity and fantasy break the rules of visual logic by assigning a new perceptual discourse. In this experimental collage workshop, the participant will be able to play with all the elements that come up and be able to make their own compositions without limit. The workshop is free and open to those aged 15 and over. WEBSITE


Wheel Barrel by Luisa Jung from Bonn, Germany. (Hand cut collage 2018)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA

@The_Collage_Garden in NYC

Noon-4PM
6BC Botanical Garden
622 East 6th Street (between Ave B and C)
New York, New York 10009 USA

Welcome to the Concrete Jungle! First germinated in Norway, then sprouted in the Netherlands, we are excited to grow the next international @the_collage_garden (an Instagram group) in the beautiful 6BC Botanical Garden in the East Village of New York City. Garden-themed collages from all over the world were sent to us and will be on display throughout the grounds to bring art to the community. A collage workshop will take place during the day. We hope to raise funds for the host garden through donations and a collage auction. WEBSITE



NEW HAVEN, VERMONT, USA

SOLO unaccompanied Exhibition Opening & Dinner

3:30-5:30PM
Tourterelle Restaurant and Inn
3629 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7)
New Haven, Vermont 05472

Opening reception for "SOLO unaccompanied," a collage exhibition by Vermont artist Pat Laffin, which runs 9 May to 8 June 2018. From her vast collections of eighteenth and nineteenth century ephemera and antique papers, Laffin creates many forms of altered art, including yet not limited to: collage work, assemblages, altered books, and decoupage. Her artwork is created from a number of found objects, original or colour reproductions of various antique papers, photographic images of days gone by, along with any other interesting and eye-catching materials that she can acquire. Following the reception is dinner. To make reservations call the restaurant at (802) 453-6309. WEBSITE

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Kolaj Fest New Orleans made possible through a generous gift from Laurie and Doug Kanyer.

What is Kolaj Fest New Orleans?

Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society, July 12-15, 2018. Our mission is to create a platform that allows us to explore critical issues around collage (how it is curated and presented, its role in contemporary art, and the tensions between collage as a medium, a genre, and a phenomenon). Our goal is to create an event that attracts a variety of people working in various capacities, such as art professionals at museums, galleries, and centers as well as academics, writers, and artists. The general public will be welcome to join us for gallery visits, evening presentations, and collage making.

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Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed magazine about contemporary collage. We are interested in how collage is made, how collage is exhibited, and how collage is collected. We are interested in the role collage plays in contemporary visual culture. Kolaj is a full colour, internationally-oriented art magazine. Kolaj is published in Montreal, Quebec by Maison Kasini. Visit Kolaj Magazine online.

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