Artwork made by some of the homeless people in the Bath area was shown in the Abbey during May this year, under the title of 'Think Different'. It comprised drawing, painting, photography, 3D artwork, furniture restoration, craftwork, etc.
There are several agencies and organisations working with homeless-vulnerable people in Bath, some of whom include Stonham, Reach, DHI (Developing Health & Independence), Genesis Trust, Big Issue, Shape, Julian House and The Holburne Museum; the more research I do the more I discover.
As a practicing artist, and a director of Fringe Arts Bath, I am in a position to present artwork to a much wider and diversified audience than the above agencies may individually reach; therefore relocating the 'Think Different' show to a prime Fringe venue allowed us to extend the exposure-time into the Fringe Arts Bath Festival, and at the same time provide an insight into some of the work being carried out behind the scenes throughout the year.
The opening night, at the former 'Officer's Club' retail outlet in Stall Street was due to take place between 6pm - 9pm, however the response was tremendous, over 1000 people attended during the evening and we ended up staying open untill 11pm. This enthusiasm was continued throughout the two-week FaB Festival and we received an average of 400 visitors per day.
The feedback and response from this initial pilot project has confirmed that we can build on this year's project and take it a step further into next year.
This 'Call for Submissions' is free to enter and is open to everyone, you do not need to be an artist to take part.
Use any medium you prefer, to respond to the concept of 'Empty' - drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, film, video, sculpture, installation, graffiti, performance, poetry, text, etc - then upload the results to your preferred social media site; Facebook, Flickr, Myspace, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
Your response is important, not the amount of time it takes. The water-drawing video below took a matter of seconds to carry out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLuVZJ2JxR0 some paintings by comparison will take months.
The results will be collated and put onto a show-reel and/or into a publication as appropriate.
Please see the link above and pass on to anyone you think may be interested, and don't forget to let me know where you have uploaded your entry.