Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
In 2009, the RWA - one of the biggest art spaces in the UK - invited me to produce a huge exhibition, inviting Bristol Street Artists to work on the walls! The catch? I had to raise all the funding, including my wages, at the peak of recession.
'Crimes of Passion - Street Art in Bristol' launched in March 2009 on an £85K budget. My co-producers were Jono Boyle (Steal From Work) and Felix Braun (FLX). Supporters included Arts Council, Puma, Arup, Red Bull, Beachcroft LLP and individuals.
45 artists were involved. The exhibition, featuring work by Inkie, Nick Walker, Mr Jago, Xenz, Paris and Andy Council, was a major audience development project for the institution. 25,000+ visitors attended, exceeding the RWA's annual footfall.
I proposed and fundraised for a schools education programme led by Felix Braun, and co-produced the exhibition catalogue, which sold out. I also organised digital print sales of the work by mail order, made by The Fine Art Print Company.
I still get emails about this project.