The Artist's Window will exhibit two new visual artworks in the windows of an English terraced house and Swedish apartment. In early February 2015, Swedish artist Ylva Trapp will create and install new artwork for a public-facing window in the Victorian terraced house where curator Hannah Marsden lives in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), whilst British artist Frances Arnold creates new work for the windows of the 6th floor apartment in Goteborg (Sweden) where artist and organiser Johanna Adeback is resident.
Whilst creating the work we'll be meeting with people from the local community at informal events in Newcastle and Goteborg for relaxed, and inspirational, conversation about art and community. If you live nearby and fancy coming along, please let us know! We'd love it if you could join us.
The two installations will then be on view from 16th February – 14th March 2015, within windows that face out onto the street, and will be lit up at night to really highlight their presence on our streets. We'll be sharing the work online too so you can view it remotely by visiting our website or following us on Twitter @f_e_arnold and #artistswindow. Where there will be loads of information about the project and how to find the art works, as well as professionally photographed images of the installations.
Why exhibit art in the windows of people's homes?
By exhibiting in the windows of these two homes, this project enables us to share the work with every passer-by in the most easily accessible way.
I believe that art can be part of the environment we live in, simply by placing it in the parks that we walk through, buildings we drive past, and the cafes, pubs and venues that we love visiting. Why should we have to visit a gallery or museum to see art? And in doing so, we hope to bring a little bit of wonder and imagination into the public spaces we inhabit every day.
The home lends itself perfectly to this sort of project; with it's complex back stories and intriguing histories, it's familiarity and individually - it gives artists loads to think about when creating new work and is a great location to install artwork that can be seen from the street.
The project also builds on a residency I realised in 2011 in a house I lived in at the time, and is inspired by subsequent residencies that I have worked with in the UK, Norway and Sweden.
How you support will help us to realise The Artist's Window..With your support, we can pay for:
1) the materials to create and install the artworks;
2) documenting the installations professionally;
3) produce marketing materials to promote the project online and in print across the UK and Sweden.
The budget is as follows:
Materials, including lighting and installation - £150 x 2 installations
Documentation - £200 x 2 professional photographers + £200 for limited edition prints
Marketing, including designer - £200 - and print costs - £150
Plus the Crowdfunder fee (5% of total donations + VAT) - £75
TOTAL = £1,325
Meet the Team...
The artists and organisers involved have a wealth of experience creating and managing arts projects that take place in unusual locations outside of the gallery, such as a Mazda 323, Weekend Residency, 25sg and Built Around You.
Frances Arnold; Visual Artist and Project Coordinator
I make site-responsive drawings, prints and artist books exploring architecture and environment. I have been artist in residence at artist-run projects 25sg (UK) and Weekend Residency (Sweden). I'm an experienced Project Manager too leading project teams to deliver arts workshops with community groups.
Ylva Trapp - Artist
Ylva is a visual artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Trapp co-founded Konsthall 232; a moving, self-organised art space in a Mazda 323. She creates drawings, installations and performances exploring our relationship with public and domestic spaces.
Johanna Adeback – Artist and Organiser
Johanna's site-specific and time-based work is informed by, and made in relation to, established systems and patterns of everyday life, their constraints and possibilities. Together with her partner Pontus Johanson, she co-founded the Weekend Residency, situated in their Goteborg flat in Sweden.
Hannah Marsden – Curator
Hannah has conducted practice-led research into the social dynamics of art in domestic spaces and relationships of hospitality. She is drawn to methodologies of socially engaged practices that emphasise participation, collaboration and dialogue and is currently developing these interests in her role as Adult Public Programmes Assistant at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
Where to see the project...
Trapp's installation will be visible in the windows of a terraced house in the East End of Newcastle (UK). Arnold will exhibit new work in the window of an apartment in a Goteborg high rise (Sweden).
We'll include location maps and directions on the website, email and via Twitter. And at each location there will be information about how to get in touch and find out more about the project.
If you can't visit the installations in situ, please join us on Twitter and visit our website! We'll regularly share images and insights from the artists' process, the art work created and information about everyone involved. You can also see the final artworks beautifully photographed in location on our website from the 16th February 2015, where you'll also be able to access location maps and more.
So when and where will everything be launched?
Because the two artworks are quite far apart (about 1,244 miles or 2,000 km!) we're going to launch the project online on 16th February 2015 via our website and on Twitter (follow us via http://francesarnold.wordpress.com, @f_e_arnold and #artistswindow).
The artworks will be visible side by side on the home page of our website and on location until 14th March 2015.
Of course, you can visit the sites any time of day or night to see the work in situ!
I'm really excited that this project creates an opportunity to exhibit, discuss and view art right in the heart of our communities in a way that is accessible everyone. And we're looking forward to making the project a reality with your support!
Feel free to contact me, Frances Arnold, via firstname.lastname@example.org or @f_e_arnold.
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