Olympians invited to help create art in Olympic Village

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Olympians are invited to help bring the Olympic values to life through art in the Olympic Village at PyeongChang 2018. Competing athletes are being asked to join Alexi Pappas (athletics, Greece), Roald Bradstock (javelin, Great Britain), Lanny Barnes (biathlon, USA) and Jean-Blaise Evequoz (fencing, Switzerland) who are the Olympian artists-in-residence at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

The Olympian artists are at the Games as part of the Olympic Art project developed by the IOC and supported by WOA. The initiative, which is part of Olympic Agenda 2020, aims to further strengthen the blending of sport and culture both at the Olympic Games and in-between Games.

The Olympian artists are showcasing their creative spirit using different forms of artistic expression across two projects. One is a series of short films developed by Alexi Pappas, a Greek distance runner and film-maker who competed at Rio 2016.

The second, in conjunction with WOA’s OLY Art, has visual artists Roald Bradstock, Lanny Barnes, and Jean-Blaise Evequoz running a creative workshop in the Olympic Village, which has been giving Olympians the opportunity to collectively complete 15 paintings inspired by the Olympic Winter Games. The works are being created and shown in the Gangneung Athletes’ Village.

Olympians at the Games are all invited to join in, no experience with brush and paint required!

The five Olympian artists are celebrating the spirit of Olympism through art with a wider audience via the hashtag #OlympicArt.

You can find out more information on the project and the Olympian artists HERE

Photo credit: IOC / Matt Stockman