Bus Art!

Just been told about a great project combining technology and art! My two favourite things!

Bus-Tops is a new digital public art project that invites local communities, the general public and nine leading contemporary artists to transform everyday bus journeys into an art experience.

Bus-Tops 2012

These artworks will be on show ‘live’ 24 hours a day from January – September 2012 across 20 London boroughs. These areas will host a network of interactive, screen-based installations on bus shelter roofs.

Artists involved include, Carla Arocha + Stéphane Schraenen, Jemima Brown, Jasmina Cibic, Michelle Deignan, Kate Davis, Ian Monroe, Mark Titchner, Conrad Ventur, Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich. I shall be heading along to the launch hosted by Turner Prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner at Idea Generation Gallery on 10th January, so keep your eyes peeled on Art Pie to read about what I discover!

For more information on where to see the works, keep an eye on the blog and twitter updates here @bus_tops

All white art

This week I queued and squeezed my way into the opening of Jay Joplin’s new White Cube space in Bermondsey. I wrote a review of the space for Art Pie here’s a snippet…

White Cube Bermondsey, Photo: Ben Westoby.

Funding cuts aplenty and rent price hikes it’s no wonder galleries are tiptoeing around trying to make the best decisions when it comes to their businesses. So there was surprise when art collector Jay Joplin announced the opening of his third London space – White Cube Bermondsey.

Already coveting two sort-after addresses in Mayfair and Hoxton this new venture seems to be taking on not only a larger space – in fact 58,000 sq ft of interior space-  but a different vibe too. Set in 1970s warehouse it is the largest of the gallery’s three London sites and has been re designed by Casper Mueller Kneer Architects. The result is what on the opening last night looked like a cross between a spaceship and a multi-storey car park entrance…

For the full review skip on over to the street, modern and contemporary art site Art Pie, follow their latest ‘tweetings’ here @art_pie 

Stay tuned for my review of the Affordable Art Fair next week! In the mean time see my list of to do’s this week below for some great projects and exhibitions! x

Postcode Art

No stuffy art galleries in site. I promise.

Over the past couple of months I have been following a new gallery project Open Doors London which is set to literally pop up all over London and most importantly it will be by the people of the capital. Think you know your own postcode, then Open Doors London may open it up to a whole new cultural melting pot on your doorstep.

Open Doors London network aims to launch exhibitions and activities using the cultural hustle and bustle of London’s boroughs as inspiration. They’re heading back to more traditional values of art, by exploring it in this postcode format which will be an expression of people, events and ideas that have maybe not been voiced before.

Behind the helm at Open Doors London are some lovely enthusiastic people, Tom and Katy who despite their day jobs are launching the first show ‘Exhibition W12’ on 24th September at a couple of locations, Galloway Road and Hemlock Road. Take a sneaky peek and click me to see some images of W12 by Tom.

Pop along to W12!

Their mission is to  ‘encourage our artists to help us document the lives of the people living in a chosen borough. This could mean using any medium they wish, from film and photography through to the more traditional sculpture and painting‘.

Explore their site to see more artists work and also see they’re ever growing digital scrapbook of past and present images and memories of London. It’s a site that they’re adding to each week as this unique and refreshing project grows!

They’re always on the lookout for locations and artists from London Boroughs so get in touch with them below and see if they’ll be planning to come to a postcode near you!

opendoorslondon@gmail.com and follow their progress and twitterings @OpenDoorsLondon