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A national competition to find a fifth artwork created by a first-time voter (aged 18-23) has been launched, with the winning artist – selected by a panel including the four Vote Art artists – receiving £500 as well as the inclusion of their work in the campaign.
Vote Art’s project director, Matthew Couper, believes the billboards will get people thinking about voting as a creative act.

He said: “If you’re an artist or interested in culture, you care about expressing yourself. Surely one of the most basic but vital forms of self-expression is the act of voting and making a choice about the people who lead the country. “We hope the artwork created will inspire people to vote, to think about creativity and to appreciate some outstanding creative practice.”

Vote Art will distribute 10,000 postcards to arts venues across the UK, and an exhibition of work created for the project will open at Peckham Platform on 2 April 2015. A closing party is planned for election night, 7 May 2015.

Jeremy Deller said: “Political parties put up posters asking you to vote for them; we are putting up posters, just asking you to vote. Elections are a once-in-every-five-year opportunity for everyone to make a choice, and I think we should take the chance by the horns. Youth of Britain – rise up and vote!”

Entries to the competition are free and open at www.voteart.co.uk
Deadline: 6pm, 20 March 2015.

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