9 November 2015 – Brussels – The European Foundation Centre today at 17.30 opens “iPhilanthropy”, a multimedia exhibition located at Philanthropy House in Brussels.
Philanthropy House has created a window into the world of philanthropy; the exhibition tells the story of philanthropy and its impact on our life course and throughout time. The exhibition takes the form of five different trees, designed in wood by Brussels-based artist Ismaël Maudet. Four of the trees represent different phases of the life cycle, while the fifth serves as a platform for visitors to envisage the future of philanthropy and leave their mark. On the branches of each tree are displayed images, videos, audio, objects and publications representing the work of philanthropy in that particular phase of life. Almost thirty foundations will be featured in the exhibition (see overleaf for participant foundations).
“This exhibition is about how philanthropy impacts all our lives at an individual and community level, and across society,” said Gerry Salole, EFC Chief Executive. “At Philanthropy House we aim to create a window into philanthropy, in all its various forms, depicting the range and breadth of philanthropic endeavour. We wanted to add to the street scape in Brussels and provide an iconic platform in the capital of Europe to emphasise the role philanthropy plays and the value it adds to us all, and its potential for helping shape our lives in the future. In essence it provides a legacy of philanthropy in Europe.”
In this year’s iPhilanthropy exhibition we have a diverse array of items on display including customised tiles that document the dreams of children in the Norwegian town of Kristiansand and which were used to re-invigorate the local landscape, a project initiated by Cultiva Foundation.
Another part of the exhibition allows visitors to sign the petition Stop the Bleeding and listen to the song created to promote it. Stop the Bleeding is a campaign run by African civil society organisations and supported by Trust Africa which is working to end illicit financial flows from the continent. Currently an estimated $50 billion leaves the continent each year through the illicit activities of multinational companies and rich individuals. The initiative is rooted in African experiences, driven by African agency and reinforced by global Africa solidarity linkages. It seeks to mobilise ordinary people and key constituencies such as students and youth, trade unions and grassroots social movements to be a key part of the voices for change.
A newspaper that encourages and strengthens the debate on migration in the UK, photographs telling the story of education programmes in Ivory Coast communities and a video narrated by J.K Rowling that raises awareness about the need to end the use of orphanages and institutions for children, among many other stories, populate the exhibition.
Philanthropy House, 94 rue Royale, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Open Monday to Friday from 09.00-17.00 (9 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)