Living in the Mirror

A Belgian Mail Art Project

Claire's postcard exampleIf you'd like to participate in the Belgian project, make a self portrait or portrait of the living environment of children today. Any size, any medium. Children up to 12 years of age are eligible. The project is open to individual children and to groups such as schools, youth houses, and clubs.

The deadline is February 29, 2000. There are no fees, no jury, and no returns. All work will be exhibited from April to June, 2000. Documentation will be provided to all participating children.

Workshops with children were organized in Brussels' schools and youth houses starting in May, 1999. The children attending the workshops participated in this project and contributed to other mail art projects.

Exchanges and contributions are planned with other children's groups all over the world. Our international contacts to develop a mail art network for, from and between children are: Lois Klassen (Canada), Marilyn Brackney (USA), Julia Tant (England), R.Westphalen (Germany).

This list will be growing together with the expanding project. Join this network! NETWORK ! Adult mail artists can support the project by sending art material for the children. We'll use this in the workshops. Donations will be mentioned to the kids and in the documentation.

To the Parents: We'll protect all children: addresses will NOT be published or spread around. In the documentation we'll mention only the name, age and country of the child. Please mention this on every entry or contributed work.

Send entries to:

Children Mail Art Project
Living in the Mirror
Foyer VZW
c/o Francis Marissens
Werkhuizenstraaat 25
B1080 Brussels, Belgium

This project is a collaboration among mail artists Luc Fierens, Annina Van Sebroeck, Florence Libotte, Sebastien Vellut, Guido Vermeulen and Foyer Brussels, a socio-cultural association working mainly with immigrant youth as a regional integration center, and the Belgian Post Office. Coordinator for Foyer is Francis Marissens.

© 1999 Marilyn J. Brackney

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