Where: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
£: Free admission
What is it?
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen will host the return of The Vending Machine Art Gallery this month.
The event is an exhibition and affordable art project, focused on bringing art out of traditional gallery spaces and making it more accessible.
The Vending Machine Art Gallery is a concept that brings art to new, interesting, and accessible locations by selling art through a vending machine. The first art vending machine appeared as a show consisting of 40 different artists from all over Europe.
This time, working with a diverse collection of over 35 emerging artists, The Vending Machine Art Gallery will showcase artistic interpretations around the theme of ‘Celebrating Multiculturalism’, to audiences outside of the typical gallery demographic.
To say that 2016 was a bit of tough year would be an understatement. As the terrible crisis in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East continues to spill over into Europe, we’ve seen borders rise higher, national identities harden, and fear over access to resources grow. Nowhere has this been more prevalent than in the UK, where a vote for Brexit signalled an overwhelming vote for isolationism, leaving many questioning what it means to be British.
Supporting the notion that immigration and multi-culturalism can, and frequently do, stoke the fires of creativity in Britain, this collection of work explores the global and ethnic influences that surround us every day. Diversity that should be revered rather than shunned, celebrated within the art world, and crucially, accessible to all.
The vending machine prints start from just £20. Artists include Graffiti style legend CROK, East London street artist Anna Laurini, former Zoltar the Magnificent designer Kieron Livingstone, fashion designer Sam Cotton, and 2016 Secret Walls winner Hatch.
More info: www.thevendingmachineartgallery.com