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Damien Hirst helps launch ‘Art Everywhere’ project

7 June 2013

Public choose works for world’s biggest exhibition, showcasing great British art on poster sites across the UK.

'Pardaxin' (2004). Photographed by Gareth Winters © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

The UK will become the world’s largest art gallery when a unique exhibition, Art Everywhere, will transform thousands of poster sites and billboards into iconic artworks from the national collection, to be launched on 8 August 2013.

The public are invited to help curate the exhibition by selecting their favourite British artworks from a shortlist published from 24 June 2013 on arteverywhere.org.uk. For one week they can choose their favourite works by ‘liking’ them and sharing them through Facebook. Reproductions of the most popular works – the top 50 will be shown in the exhibition on billboard sites across the country for two weeks from 10th – 25th August.

Art Everywhere is a collaborative project between Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks, the Art Fund, Tate, and the poster industry. Members of the public can also become patrons of the exhibition through a ‘crowdfunding’ initiative accessed through the project website. Donations of £3 will buy the paper and printing for one poster site and higher-level donations of £15 or more will be able to choose limited edition rewards by British artist Bob and Roberta Smith.

The project is supported by many leading artists including Damien, who stated: “Art is for everyone, and everyone who has access to it will benefit from it. This project is amazing and gives the public a voice and an opportunity to choose what they want to see on their streets.“

For more information, and to donate, please visit: arteverywhere.org.uk