Now here’s a thing: a moving art gallery. Wherein artists wear their paintings and, er, walk around. Sounds pretty silly, huh? Well, it actually works, as the wee clip below (which was admittedly shot in Brazil) will reveal.
Walking Gallery was started in Barcelona in 2010 by a Spanish chap called Jose Puig: he wanted to see how the public reacted to having art literally bumping alongside them, and to explore the concept of art outside the constrictions of a gallery. He figured it would give him an unusual perspective on his audience, who would in turn be able to chat to him, the artist, directly about his work.
Suffice it to say that the idea proved pretty popular and had soon been unrolled elsewhere in Spain and South America. Now it’s coming to East London. In collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays programme, there will be a moving ‘NO WALLS’ gallery in and around the back streets of Aldgate and Whitechapel this Thursday July 5th. Artists are invited to bring along a portable piece of art: all the organisers ask is that you hook up with them first via their Facebook page. If you want to come and watch/walk with them, the show kicks of at around 6pm outside Aldgate East tube.