Sunday, 8 August 2010

The Sketchbook Project 2011 - It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks!

It is amazing how small the world is these days what with the internet and all the social networking sites there are.  I use Twitter a lot for following arty crafty people, pet people, wedding people and any other sorts of things that I, personally, am interested in.  One of the art twitterers that I follow posts all sorts of competitions to do with art, photography, graphic design and the like and it was from this that I found out about the sketchbook project.  This is a project created by Art House co-op who are based in Brooklyn, New York  (click on the link to find out who, what, where, when).  The actual project started about three years ago and is basically about bringing art to the masses and is open to artists from all over the world.

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

The idea is that you secure your place on the tour by buying a sketchbook from the Art House Co-op which you then have to fill and return by January 2011.  There are 26 different themes to choose from or you can allow the organisers to choose a random theme for you.  I settled on 'If you lived here...' as my theme.

All the sketchbooks then enter into the permanent exhibition in the Brooklyn Art Library where they are barcoded and available for the public to view.  Each artist can keep track of their sketchbook online and will be notified of  how often it is viewed.   The sketchbooks then go on tour from Brooklyn to Austin, San Francisco, Portland, Atlanta and Chicago so there is the opportunity of your work being seen by thousands of people! It is also possible to request a digitized version of your sketchbook so that it is also available to view online by anyone who can't see it in America.

It sounds like a really exciting project and so far when I went online yesterday to secure my sketchbook there were already several thousand participants! As the project has been getting more popular each year magazines, blogs and newspapers have been keeping up with it and CNN and Time Out NY even covered it.

I can't wait for my sketchbook to arrive now so I can get started on it.  In the meantime, it's back to those card designs I am working on...

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