The Art of Kindness

By Anna Dowd

Can art change the world? Take a bunch of all ages creatives and an online gallery raising funds for charities around the globe – and the answer is a definitive yes.

The passion project of Bellingen artist and graphic designer Megan Hibberd, Art of Kindness is a way for those who love creating to connect with themselves, audiences and life-changing causes – all through one website.

She says the idea came to her when she realised that as an artist, she wasn’t alone in her feeling of wanting to make a difference.

“It’s a wonderful feeling when my art is truly seen and appreciated. But my sense of purpose goes deeper and also includes making a contribution to help heal the world.”

Like all brilliant ideas, the concept is simple. Creatives of all ages and backgrounds, from hobby artists to professionals, are invited to show their work in the online Art of Kindness gallery and 100% of profits from any sales go to a charity chosen by both the artist and buyer.

“You choose the cause you’re most passionate about from our list of charity partners which includes big organisations like RSPCA, Lifeline and Beyond Blue, as well as smaller community groups like the Bello Youth Hub.”

With the project just kicking off, Hibberd is putting the call out for artists to join what she envisages will be a thriving collective.

“I’m passionate about nurturing each person’s unique creative voice, encouraging shy artists out into the open, and giving artists a welcoming, inclusive and non-judging space where their work is seen, appreciated and supported.”

Working together, using the power of creative expression to make change in the world possible, is the cherry on top.

“I believe the world desperately needs the life-affirming, connective power of creativity, generosity and cooperation – now more than ever.”

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