The Greatest Art in the World, Coming to a Bus Stop Near You

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Great pieces of art are like buses. Not in the sense that you wait ages for one and then three come at once. But rather, this summer, they will be literally hanging around at bus stops all over the country.

A bold new campaign is attempting to break art masterpieces out of museums and relocate them to your local bus stop or city scape.

Art Everywhere is attempting to disperse some of the UK’s most loved art works on to posters and billboards throughout the country for two weeks in August. The aim is to “make the UK the world’s biggest art gallery”.

The project is the brain child of Innocent smoothie drinks’ co founder Richard Reed. He explains that, “This is a joyful celebration with no agenda other than to flood our streets with art and celebrate the creative talents and legacy of this amazing country.”

There are currently 100 art works listed on Art Everywhere’s website, which art lovers are encouraged to vote for. The final shortlist of 50 paintings will then be displayed on thousands of sites across the country between 10th and 25th August. Voting is open now, click here to take a look at the full collection and cast your own vote!

Art works up for consideration range from monarchial Renaissance portraits to more contemporary pieces such as Sarah Lucas’ self portrait with fried eggs on her breasts. The wide range attempts to take into account all tastes of the potential audience around the country.

Art is continually criticised as being an insular and exclusive area; centred around a London based cultural elite. To combat this, various worthwhile  projects have attempted democratise it and open it up to a wider audience. This project is certainly one of the most brave and bold attempts to do just that. Bringing great art to the streets and skylines is a simple yet powerful idea and one that is sure to cause a stir in local communities; putting art back into the eye line and agenda of a whole new audience.

So, throughout August when you’re nipping to the shops, running for a bus or just taking a stroll in your local area; you may be about to come face to face with a classical masterpiece.

Let us know on the Fawn Review facebook page which of these get your vote…

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Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band by Peter Blake

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais

Queen Elizabeth I- The Pelican Portrait by Nicholas Hilliard

Queen Elizabeth I- The Pelican Portrait by Nicholas Hilliard

Going to the Match by Lawrence Stephen Lowry

Going to the Match by Lawrence Stephen Lowry

Paradaxin, by Damien Hirst

Paradaxin, by Damien Hirst

Portrait of an African, Attributed to Allan Ramsay

Portrait of an African, Attributed to Allan Ramsay

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs by Sarah Lucas

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs by Sarah Lucas

Which art work gets your vote? Let us know on the Fawn Review facebook page!

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