1 – 17 May 2015
Artworks encouraging people to vote in the general election will be installed on billboards around the UK as part of the Vote Art campaign. Bloc Projects’ Bloc Billboard will show Jeremy Deller’s contribution to the project.
The project, which aims to use art to inspire the British public to the ballot box on 7th May, successfully raised almost £7,000 in March and April through a crowdfunding campaign on the Art Fund’s Art Happens platform. These additional funds have enabled the scale of the project to be doubled; it will now reach an estimated 200,000 people from 21 advertising sites in towns and cities across the country.
Bob & Roberta Smith, Fatima Begum, Janette Parris and Jeremy Deller have each created a new work especially for the project, and first-time-voter Jordan Alex Smith joins them as Vote Art’s fifth artist after winning a national competition for 18-23 year olds.
Matthew Couper, project director for Vote Art said:
“If you’re an artist or interested in culture, you care about expressing yourself. Surely one of the most basic but vital forms of self-expression is the act of voting and making a choice about the people who lead the country. We hope the artwork created will inspire people to vote, to think about creativity and to appreciate some outstanding creative practice.”
Of the campaign, Jeremy Deller said:
“Political parties put up posters asking you to vote for them; we are putting up posters, just asking you to vote. Elections are a once-in-every-five-year opportunity for everyone to make a choice, and I think we should take the chance by the horns. Youth of Britain – rise up and vote!”
The project is being supported by Arts Council England and the Art Fund.
An exhibition of the works runs at Peckham Platform (89 Peckham High Street, London SE15 5RS) runs until Thursday 7 May 2015 (Open Wed–Fri: 11am–6pm / Sat–Sun: 10am–5pm)
Peckham Platform is a creative and educational charity based in a gallery on Peckham Square, SE15. It became independent at the start of 2014 and was awarded Arts Council national portfolio funding six months later. As an organisation it believes that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists. Its programme of commissions creates meaningful and accessible social arts practice for Peckham and beyond, providing an expansive platform for different voices and debate and bringing contemporary social practice alive.
Art Happens is the UK’s only crowd-funding platform for the museum sector. As of 27 February 2015 it had received over £100,000 in contributions, from over 1,000 donations. Unlike other commercial crowd-funding platforms, the Art Fund absorbs all associated costs for organisations that take part, and takes no commission – so all fund raised go straight to the participating projects. For more information please visit www.artfund.org/arthappens