Hundreds of applicants line up for Spencer Tunick's Folkestone art project

By Culture24 Reporter | 25 March 2014

Enthusiastically personal statements have been flooding into Folkestone as Strange Cargo calls for participants to join Spencer Tunick for Museums at Night

After winning a visit from photographer and body artist Spencer Tunick following a hotly-contested campaign, Folkestone’s Strange Cargo have issued an open call for committed urban adventurers, inviting “low-resolution” photos and a brief explanation of each participant’s desire to take part in their Museums at Night event.

The response reflects Tunick's international reputation for inspiring participatory public art. From the Big Chill festival to Gateshead’s Millennium Bridge, the artist's well-established following seems as strong as ever.

An estimated 18,000 people posed for Tunick in the Zócalo, Mexico City's main square, in a record-breaking artwork in 2007. Barcelona, New York's Grand Central railway station and the Dead Sea have also been his spectacular canvasses.

“What’s interesting is that people from all over the place are applying,” says Brigitte Orasinski, the Artistic Director of the group, whose reputation for public art with an air of celebration has burgeoned since their foundation in 1995.

“We thought it would be mostly local people but we’ve had a really good response from right across the country.

“The furthest away seems to be Yorkshire – that’s quite a long way to come, but people are very keen to apply to Spencer.

“We can tell just how enthusiastic people are by what they are writing. The enthusiasm in their emails is palpable.

“Some people have actually taken part in Spencer’s previous mass shoots and would really relish the thought of being part of it again.”

Strange Cargo worked with Tunick to word the online call. "We would like to invite you to apply to POSE NUDE”, it reads, promising a “unique portrait series” for all genders, with each visitor receiving their own portrait should they join in.

“We’re still a couple of weeks off the last call and they’re coming in regularly,” says Orasinski.

“There’s always a rush at the end – people don’t want to miss out on the opportunity. I know quite a few people who are going to apply who haven’t yet.

“So we know that there’s more to come, which is terrific.”

  • Spencer Tunick appears in Folkestone on May 17 2014 for Museums at Night project. Visit the Scope Out website to take part.

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