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Art shall connect our worlds

Dear teacher, dear young artists,

we are happy to announce the opening of the second annual collection of art works called Art Shall Connect Our Worlds. The collection is organized by the non-profit organization ParaCENTRUM Fenix which has been helping people with spinal cord injury in and around Brno for 16 years. The aim of the collection is to look for and present the best works of young Brno artists and in this way make them aware of the life of people in a wheelchair.

The submitted works of art will be assessed by a specialist committee consisting of artists, gallery owners and art specialists. Last year the committee comprised Katherine Kastner (Hunt Kastner Galerie), Lucia Lettenmayerová (Collett Prague/Munich), Denisa Kujelová (Fait Gallery), František Kinský (Kinský Art Media) and Michal Horáček (Czech lyrics writer and producer). The chosen works will go to a charity auction from which all profits will be donated to the services of ParaCENTRUM Fenix. A part of this will also be a vote on the most beautiful Picture for Fenix. The 5 most successful artists will be awarded prizes at the charity auction. We would like to have intensive cooperation with these talented young artists – the awarded works will be kept in a reference collection for the long term. Furthermore, they will be exhibited and used on occasions for charity and educational purposes. We are also considering a virtual sales exhibition with predetermined profits.

Like we did last year, we offer participants the possibility to present their paintings in an exclusive public space. Last year the paintings were exhibited for 2 months at the Reduta Theatre, in the amazing Mozart Hall of the Reduta Theatre where the charity Auction for Fenix took place. The whole event had positive reactions from the public, it was reported by the media several times and there were also reports by Czech Television – see
We would like children to inspire each other and hand over ideas, feelings and experiences by means of their artistic expression. The project focuses on great values – it promotes love for art, and it teaches children to do good deeds. Children must find the urge and courage to create something, but also to part with the work for a good cause. In this way they learn responsibility and freedom to decide. An inseparable part of the project is teaching children about the life of people in a wheelchair.

From our experience the best award for the children and their parents was to become a part of the exhibition and the auction in the National Theatre in Brno. The photos from the event are proof of this.

Rules of the collection

TOPIC: your choice
FORMAT: surface work, max. 60 x 85 cm

Conditions of participation

The maximum age of students taking part in the competition is 19.
One person can submit more than one work providing each work is a different technique .
We only accept originals of works. Copies or electronic versions will not be assessed.
The work sent to the competition will become the ownership of ParaCENTRUM Fenix and by providing the work you agree with their further use for charity purposes.

Benefiční dražba

More than CZK 200,000 raised for wheelchair users’ physical therapy

A fundraising event Auction for Fenix took place on January 16, 2020 in the Reduta Theater. Fifteen Brno schools donated their paintings for a good cause. ParaCENTRUM Fenix managed to raise a very generous sum of money for the physical therapy of clients with spinal cord injuries – CZK 237,700. The project partners were the National Theatre Brno and Auction House Zezula. The Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 took the exhibition and auction under its auspices.

“I am very happy that the first year of the Auction for Fenix was a success. Over 120 people attended the auction and we managed to raise 237 700 CZK. We will use the raised funds to provide physical therapy to clients with spinal cord injuries, as it is a very expensive item for us. There are over a hundred clients who come to us 2-3 times a week to do their physical therapy, so we welcome any resource that will help us finance this increasingly sought-after service,” said Michal Odstrčil, our organization’s director.

ParaCENTRUM Fenix is a non-profit organization that provides services to more than 500 clients. We help clients with spinal cord injuries and their loved ones get back to their active lives. It was Tomáš Zezula from the Auction House Zezula (which has been one of the most successful auction houses on the Czech market for almost 30 years) who came up with the idea to reach out to children from art schools. 15 out of 40 addressed primary and secondary schools in Brno had eventually joined the project and we received more than 350 paintings.

The evaluation and final selection of paintings for the auction was undertaken by a jury of experts – renowned Czech show business personalities and leading gallerists: nobleman František Kinský, Czech songwriter and producer Michal Horáček, Czech-American gallerist Katherine Kastner from Hunt Kastner Gallery, art director of Fait Gallery Denisa Kujelová, and Lucia Lettenmayerová, founder of the private gallery COLLETT Prague | Munich. All the jury members are highly erudite when it comes to contemporary art, which they had proven during the evaluation process as well – within 3 weeks, they managed to select the 72 most interesting ones out of 359 paintings received. All these 72 paintings were successfully auctioned. The most expensive item sold at the auction was a painting by an 8-year-old girl, auctioned for CZK 29,800.

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provozovna služeb

ParaCENTRUM Fenix, z. s.
Kociánka 93/2
612 47 Brno

T: +420 733 589 567


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ParaCENTRUM Fenix, z. s.
Polní 780/92
639 00 Brno

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