‘The Peace Project’, a collaboration between peace activists and contemporary artists.
12-18 October 2012
14 Percy Street, London W1T 1DR
For the 1st time since their removal from Parliament Square the 2 “Peace Plinths” will be re-united and unveiled as the centre piece of Art Below’s “Peace Project” opening to the public at Londons Gallery Different (Off Tottenham Court Road) on 12th October for one week.
This exhibition also features the work of celebrated artists including Alison Jackson, Ben Eine, Billy Childish, kennardphillipps, Sarah Maple, Schoony and Inkie. See more information on the contributing artists here.
The gallery show will open with a private view on the 11th October. Proceeds of selected works will go to The Halabja Community Playground Project in Northern Iraq.
Selected works in the show also form part of Art Below’s billboard exhibition at Regents Park tube station throughout October. This coincides with the Frieze Art Fair (11th -14th October) in Regents Park.
Since January 2011, Art Below have been working with peace campaigner Maria Gallastegui calling on artists across the world to put their heads and hearts into creating art which carries the message of ending war and achieving the vision of peace. A number of artists have shown work on the plinths in situ opposite Parliament.
In February 2011 the artist Schoony, whose sculpture ‘Boy Soldier’ was shown on the Peace Plinth, said, “My nephew is aged seven in this art piece; the age of some of our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq as they would have been 10 years ago. It is a future I do not want for my nephew.”
The two ‘Peace Plinths’ were built by Maria Gallastegui in 2009 in opposition to the Iraq / Afghan war. A new law to restrict protest around Parliament led to their removal earlier this year. On 3 May, after a high court battle to overturn the legislation, the police seized the remaining Peace Plinth – an action that got considerable media attention. See more about the Peace Plinths here
During the one week show there will be a series of talks and film screenings by artists, campaigners and film makers. See here.
The two Peace Plinths bore witness to both turbulent and exciting times. Allowed to remain during the Royal Wedding last year, but removed for the Olympics. Art Below organised for one of the plinths known as “The Westminster Cabinet” to be shipped to Los Angeles, where it was unveiled at the opening night of The BritWeek T4C Artists Competition at the historic Farmers and Merchants Building on 12 April 2012.
On 3rd May 2012 The Plinth known as “The Tardis Peace Box” was seized from Parliament Square and has been held in police custody.
Art Below is an independent public arts organisation that gives artists access to advertising space to showcase their work in the London Underground. Founded in 2006 by brothers Ben and Simon Moore, they have developed a strong portfolio of controversy, often capturing the attention of the world’s press. Such stories include Amy Winehouse tribute poster at Camden Town tube, Banksy’s poster display at London Bridge tube, and Charles Bronson poster display at Angel tube.