This spring, a major billboard campaign will be launched across England, with 10,000 postcards, a website and social media all combining to celebrate the creativity of the nation, to urge people to vote and to bring the value of the arts and culture to front of people’s minds as they enter the polling booth.
Bob & Roberta Smith, Jeremy Deller, Janette Parris and Fatima Begum have each created a brand new artwork inspired by the word ‘VOTE’ for display on billboards across England. A fifth artwork will be a design chosen from an open national competition for 18 – 23 year old first time voters. Each billboard site will be close to galleries, museums or cultural venues, and 10,000 postcards of the artworks will be printed. The exhibition at Peckham Platform will capture the spirit of this project by displaying the original works alongside highlights of the submissions to the nationwide competition for young artists.
“Vote Art is an arts project that has been inspired by the importance of the upcoming general election. 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 in the process.”
The campaign is entirely independent of any political party. It is being supported by the Arts Council and the Art Fund.
Please visit the Vote Art website for more on the exhibition, an Election night party and details of how to enter the competition, www.voteart.co.uk