For What It’s Worth aims to counter the cuts to arts funding by hosting a series of pop-up fund-raising exhibitions in vacant spaces. The scheme is the idea of Kingston student Alexander Harris who explains how it all works.
“For What It’s Worth is primarily aimed at artists, illustrators or designers but entries are welcome from everyone,” Harris explains. “Each entrant is given a brief which challenges them to create something that expresses the cultural value of a chosen artform with as little money as possible.”
The first exhibition opens on April 7 at 3-5 Whitechapel Road in London. Contributors are asked to bring their work along during the day. From 6-10pm there will be a private view and then the show is open to the public until April 10. Everything on show will be available to bid on during an on-going silent auction up until the highest bidding winner is revealed on the closing night.
“50% of all profits made from this auction will be given to the Art Fund charity,” Harris promises. “The other half will be kept exclusively for local art organisations that require financial support (proper research will be carried out following the event to decide how to allocate the money).”
“We currently have a DJ from Kane FM to perform on the opening night but are still interested in booking a band for the 10th. Unfortunately we are unable to pay anyone due to lack of money…” If you can help or would like to contribute artwork, please email Alex on firstname.lastname@example.org
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