Public votes needed to choose the top 25 artworks for new Art Everywhere campaign

By Richard Moss | 03 June 2014

The Art Everywhere campaign is back for another summer of bringing great artworks to the people of Britain

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Last year it flooded public streets with artworks on public billboards right across the UK, and in 2014 the Art Everywhere campaign is back for another summer of great art in urban spaces.

Launched today (June 3 2014), Art Everywhere 2014 is once again asking the public to choose their favourites from a long list of over 70 British artworks from 1500s to present day.

In a list that reads like a who's who of British art, the impressive roster takes in everyone from John Constable and William Blake through to Paul Nash and Eric Ravilious right up to Tracey Emin and Gillian Wearing.

The results – and there are just three weeks to cast a vote – will see the top 25 displayed on tens of thousands of poster sites, bus stops and billboards across the UK.

as well as the impressive new set of artworks been selected from UK public collections, 2014 sees the exhibition tripled in duration, extended across a six week period and incorporate a first-of-its-kind nation-wide cinema exhibition film.

Advertising companies Clear Channel, Exterion Media and JCDecaux have donated thousands of billboard and advertising sites across the UK, Facebook is on board for the voting process and arts organisations including Tate and the Art Fund are also backing the campaign.

With the accent on urban environments the organisers are promising to reach “all corners of the UK”, from bus shelters and underground stations, to roadsides, motorway services, national rail networks, shopping centres, airports and more in the celebratory summer of art.

Leading artists showing their support in 2014 include Howard Hodgkin who describes the project as “engaging the public in an extraordinary way” and Bob and Roberta Smith who has lent his distinctive lettering designs for the posters.

Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley have been lined up to reveal the final works at a press view on July 16.

The public can also become patrons of the exhibition through a crowd-funding scheme with donations going towards the production costs of printing the posters. £10 or more will be rewarded with an assortment of limited edition goodies ranging from a postcard set to a huge 48 sheet billboard poster.

Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks and originator of the idea for Art Everywhere, said, “We want the British public to crowd-fund and vote for their favourites. This year goes bigger and better including a specially created artwork exclusive from a world-renowned artist.”

Reproductions of the most popular works - the top 25, announced on 16 July - will be shown in the exhibition on billboard sites across the country for six weeks from 21 July - 31 August as well as feature in the national exhibition film shown on over 1,000 Vue cinema screens in the UK across the summer until the end of August.



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