I have an inclination that over the next 10 years we could be seeing a surge in interest and appreciation of the visual arts propelled by passionate visual artists showcasing their work in the most unlikely of places. This observation is based on recent trends I am seeing at a grassroots level, game changing projects led by people in the local community.
One such example is Project U-Neek founded by Alexandria a young freelance artist. I have recently had the pleasure of attending some of her exhibition events where she exhibits and sells the artwork of upcoming visual artists in local businesses and public spaces. Last week she held an exhibition showcasing the work of a young Artist called Adam Bolton in Harris Moore canvases down in the Digbeth and this was attended by local creatives including Hunt Emerson, a local cartoonist and illustrator known for his work on The Beano magazine.
Another example is the Espirito Brum Festival which not only brings to us some of the finest in Brazilian culture but this year they have teamed with Project U-Neek to create an arts trail in Kings Heath where work of emerging artists is exhibited in various small businesses along the Kings Heath High street.
The concept of placing artwork in unusual places is not a new one but I think its on trend and underpinned by today’s social media culture I can see how Visual Art can now begin to follow the people.