Organisers of The Nigerian Satire Festival, The Arts & Civics Table (TACT) Organisation, and the Cartoonists Association of Nigeria (CARTAN) have kicked off a cartoon campaign themed “Drawing Blood”, in commemoration of World Press Freedom day on May 3, 2018.
A statement made available to New Nigerian informed that the campaign will deploy blood-red themed cartoon and art as instruments of protest against the violence and bloodshed in different parts of Nigeria. The alarming spate of bloodshed in the country is of grave concern to everyone, with the news media overflowing daily with reports of kidnaps, robbery attacks, violent communal attacks etc., often leading to the loss of precious lives. The #DrawingBlood campaign is thus a call, to those saddled with the responsibility of maintaining peace and protecting lives, that the dire security situation needs to be urgently addressed.
Over the next six months, and leading up to The Nigerian Satire Festival in November 2018, the #DrawingBlood campaign will promote artists and cartoonists utilizing RED as the main colour theme in their work. The campaign will also feature satirical art works in other formats.
In addition to publishing these #DrawingBlood cartoons in newspapers, cartoon and art exhibitions will be held at various dates over the campaign period. Dates for the exhibitions will be announced via our social medial pages and on www.TACTNigeria.org.
All cartoonists and other satirists are encouraged join in this campaign by using the colour RED in their work from today, and by posting their cartoons online and offline using the hashtag #DrawingBlood.
It is our way of saying “We have had enough of bloodshed in Nigeria”.
For information on how you can exhibit your artworks at any of the #DrawingBlood exhibitions, or to submit your work for online promotion, please send an email to email@example.com or follow @tactnigeria and @satirenigeria on Twitter.