'Art gallery closed' - Save the Arts campaign

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'Art gallery closed' sign hanging on a door knob

The new work by Bob and Roberta Smith

Another new art work has been released this week as part of the Save the Arts campaign. We have been following the campaign on our blog over the last few weeks in the run up to the announcement of cuts later this month. This latest work is by British artist, Bob and Roberta Smith (aka Patrick Brill).

As you can see, the work shows a sign on an art gallery door with the following text:


Bob and Roberta Smith, currently lives and works in London. He is known for artwork that incorporates text - often commenting on art, politics, or popular culture - in his unique, brightly coloured lettering style on banners and discarded boards of wood. He became a Tate Trustee in 2009.

Two challenging new works by artist Mark Titchner have also been unveiled this week across two UK cities as part of the campaign. The Turner Prize nominated artist’s work uses direct language in strong political graphic forms. His lead artwork demands ‘DON’T LET THEM DESTROY ANOTHER BRITISH INDUSTRY!’ tying the debate on cuts to the arts to other vital large-scale industries currently and previously under threat. The striking graphic works will be visible on a quarter of all available official city poster sites across Birmingham from 12 October to 26 October 2010.

You can support the campaign by signing the online petition on the Save the Arts website.