Free Art Friday

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Charnwood Arts heads up the first Free Art Friday in Loughborough!

Free Art Friday is a global art sharing phenomenon. Here is what two artists who are already involved say about the project:

“Artwork placed on the street for any member of the public to enjoy and take home - go on, make someone’s day! Free Art Friday is not an original concept. There are many artists across the world making art and leaving it out on the street.There are no rules, that’s the joy! In order to keep a record of exclusively free art you need to make sure the work is easily removable and does little or no damage to its environment.

...some put out canvas, others use materials found on the street, cardboard is popular but your imagination is your limit.
p.s. It doesn’t have to be Friday!

The concept of Free Art Friday has many strands. For the artist it is an opportunity to create work free from the constraints of commerce, to voice an idea, shout a political message or just amuse and confuse the viewer. Art is so often tied to a need by the artist to ‘make a living’ and constrained by gallery and dealer issues. FAF focuses the artist on the act itself, giving complete artistic freedom as opposed to considering financial and commercial limits.

Many Free Art Friday participants’ work is humorous and good natured, hoping to cheer up the walk to work of the viewer. Hoping to make them question everything. To expect the unexpected and realise that along with the need to sell, promote, fight the system and rebel, there is also a need to embellish and entertain in a non profit way without the need to cause damage to property. The act of removing the work intrigues. Almost an act of situationist art itself. Is there guilt? Why is it taken? – As part of a street cleaning operation, resigned to the rubbish heap? Or coveted and displayed? Are they artists themselves? Kids, willing to steal and destroy purely for the act of rebellion or someone never faced with something completely free, not promoting or selling? After all how many things do you know that are completely free, no strings attached?

All street artists whether producing static or removable art hope to promote discussion in one form or other. “Talk about me and my work”, “Question the images thrown at you” or “Use your political power” - The artist MyDogSighs ‘07

British artist Grebo Gray, who now lives and works in Belgrade Serbia, has this view:

“I believe it is an excellent chance to make art available to all... let’s be honest the average person is not able to walk into a gallery and buy art, I certainly can’t... so the Free Art thing I see as a kind of in between gallery and street art ... at the other end but someone gets to take some art home with them!!

It really is a great feeling if someone emails to say thanks as they found your work and love it. Last Friday we had a small event and a reporter came down to do an interview... at that moment a young gent turned up just to get one of my cloud drawings as he had seen it on our FB page... he was so happy to get one and I was so happy that he wanted one plus we got to meet each other! That is what it is all about really...that was the best feeling!!"

If you are an artist who wants to take part then please join our Free Art Friday page on Facebook www.facebook.com/FreeArtFridayLoughborough or email Jemmab@charnwoodarts.com

Contact

Contact Name:
Jemma Bagley
Contact Email:
jemmab@charnwoodarts.com

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