See which masterpieces we’d like to take over our streets this summer as part of the Art Fund’s latest project, Art Everywhere…
Want to see your favourite works of art displayed on billboards across the UK? That’s the aim of the Art Fund’s fundraising project, Art Everywhere, which will see 25 great British works of art take over thousands of poster sites this summer – as voted for by you.
The top 25 artworks will be announced on 16 July by two world-renowned British artists, and reproductions will be shown on billboard sites across the UK from 21 July to 31 August. Plus, they’ll feature in a national exhibition film shown at over 1,000 Vue cinema screens until the end of August.
Feel inspired? Read on for our pick of the masterpieces we’d like to see make an appearance…
To vote, go to facebook.com/arteverywhereuk, or for more information,
This silk tapestry is a snapshot of everyday life featuring vibrant colour, cultural references, and Grayson’s signature humour. You could spend hours looking at this and still see something new in there to make you think or raise a smile.
Carrie Mitchell, Celebrity Editor
Image: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London and British Council © the artist. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from AlixPartners.
I’ve chosen this piece by Gilbert & George more for the artists than the piece itself. The endearing duo have been a pioneering force in the modern art scene since meeting at St Martins School of Art in the 60s, but what I love most about them is their unapologetic quirkiness – their house purposely doesn’t have a kitchen, so they eat together at my favourite Turkish restaurant in East London every single night at 8pm sharp!
Emma Faiers, Junior Fashion Editor
Image: © Gilbert & George
David Shrigley’s work always makes me smile (and sometimes, laugh out loud!). The idea of the elephant choosing to stand on your car seems like good silly fun, but there’s an underlying creepiness to the image, which is quite cool. I think this would make a great billboard as children would enjoy it as much as adults and the image is so stark you could take it all in even if you’re just whizzing past on the bus.
Fiona McKim, Assistant Beauty Editor
Image: © David Shrigley
I love pre-raphaelite paintings and am a big fan of their gentle romantic vision. Although Watts wasn’t strictly in the Pre-raphaelite brotherhood, this painting of 17-year old stage actress Ellen Terry adheres to all their main principles. It’s wonderfully sensual and shows Ellen ‘choosing’ between the camellias and the violets in her hand. Her long reddish gold hair flows behind her and you can see the gentle blush on her cheek – it makes me wish I was 17 and young again caught in the glow of first love – see I told you I was a fan of the romantic!
Emma Justice, Deputy Editor
Image: © National Portrait Gallery, London
I love the shock factor of Gertler’s painting – at first glimpse, it looks as though the participants of his merry-go-ground are screaming with joy, but having created the painting during the First World War, Gertler is actually showing a group of military and civilian figures caught on the vicious circle of a world at war – instead, their screams are of terror as they are unable to get off. In the patriotic mood of the time, Gertler initially struggled to find a gallery that would display his work, but now – 100 years on from the start of the war – seems the perfect time to show it off once again.
Nathalie Whittle, Features Writer
Image: © 2014 Tate Photography
I’m a huge photography fan and Angus McBean was one of the great portrait photographers. This picture epitomises everything a ballet dancer should be: graceful, strong and elegant. In other words, the magical Margot Fonteyn.
Natalie Cornish, Deputy Online Editor
Image: © Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University