Middlesbrough town centre is to be transformed into a giant outdoor art exhibition and artists from across the area are being invited to take part.
For three days in September, the Show Us Your Art movement, in association with mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, will be filling shops, cafes and even a church with the work of local artists, as well as selected works from mima’s own collection.
Show Us Your Art’s founder, Graeme Thomson said: “This is about people, more than anything. There’s a lot of real talent around here and all we’re doing is letting Teesside shout about its artists, and letting artists shout about Teesside.”
Show Us Your Art Festival 2012 will be held in Middlesbrough from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23.
Curator Emily Petyt, herself a graduate of Cleveland College of Art And Design, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to hold an event like this in Middlesbrough.
“There’s a perception that places like the North East have nothing to offer in terms of art and culture, and this is a great chance for us to show off our established artists and hopefully discover a whole lot of new talent on our doorstep.”
The festival’s organisers are looking for paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, digital images and sculptures to display around the town in venues from Psyche to House of Fraser.
mima’s senior curator James Beighton said: “Perusing artwork while you’re shopping for socks might sound unusual, but art can play a vital role in supporting local economies.
“This is a great way for mima to use some of its collection to bring more visitors into the town centre and, we hope, get them to take a look at Middlesbrough in a new light.”
As part of the festival, visitors will be able to watch a large artwork created live in the town centre by artist Graeme Thomson. The resulting work will be auctioned off to raise money for Children in Need.
The closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday, July 31. For entry rules and more information, visit http://showusyourart.com
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