(All images courtesy of EC-Arts, reproduced with permission)
By running a series of artistic projects in the city of Birmingham, UK, EC-Arts have made it their mission to change the public perception of the built environment. In giving a group of artists a public platform to display their work, they aim to transform the everyday into something extraordinary.
Their ambitious and intriguing projects have included The Festival of Xtreme Building (a £450,000 initiative to bring together artists and architects in creating experimental structures on disused land), Dead Space (the creation of a project space for artists on the large window of Birmingham Central Library) and their most recent project, 48SHEET (utilising dozens of empty advertising billboards around the city for a series of striking art installations).
“We invite people to get involved [with our projects]“, said Claire Farnell, Director of EC-Arts. “We believe that engaging people within the creative process is integral to the development success of the project or artistic outcome. The public realm is a space shared by all, and by encouraging public participation within our projects we can truly make a significant impact… We believe that the city is a canvas to be explored.” Visit www.ec-arts.com for more information, or follow on Twitter: @EC_Arts