IThis is not a good time for art lovers. The second closure has closed the galleries once again: I imagine portraits waiting in a bad mood at the National Gallery in London to be admired again; Van Gogh’s sunflowers fade even further, so this is not a good time for artists.
Artists on foot It is an initiative that aims to improve this state of affairs. It’s a simple idea for an art trail that began as a joint effort between printmaker and painter Rosha Nutt, and her art marketing consultant friend Holly Collier. Those who in normal times would be exhibiting in galleries or community spaces can now post their work on or around the windows of their homes for passersby to admire. Something like “how much does that little dog in the window cost?” Except it could be that sketch of picasso of your dachshund.
In March, just before the first confinement, Nutt and Collier curated an exhibition in London featuring Jeremy Deller and Ben Wilson. #FakeNews also had workshops and talks and it was the success of these that gave Nutt and Collier the confidence to establish Artists Walk.
“The lockdown was the catalyst,” Collier tells me. “Many artists have moved from studios to their homes. Exhibitions and events have been canceled. It is quite depressing to be an artist who cannot show his work. We wanted to do something that had positive action, a way to connect with the local community, and something fun to do. “
Until December 14, London artists working in any medium – painters, photographers, illustrators, filmmakers, potters and more – can pay £ 15 to have their location added to the ‘interactive map’ on the website, as well as a short biography. and links to the artists’ website and social media profiles, plus a custom poster.
Collier and Nutt fixed everything in seven weeks. “It’s been late at night, early in the morning and a lot of effort,” says Collier. They unsuccessfully applied for a grant from the Arts Council, but local collectives and businesses intervened. A real estate agent became a sponsor and organized a brochure delivery. Alexandra Palace – usually home to concerts and comedy performances – lent its support, including what amounts to a quasi-window of residence.