We are proud to support The Great Big Art Exhibition, an initiative organised and presented by Firstsite, Colchester, to celebrate its 10th anniversary and supported by the Plus Tate Network, which includes leading museums and galleries across the UK.

4th February 2021 | Image Curators Advisory
The doors to our collections and galleries might be shut but our imaginations are forever open. Making, showing and experiencing art has created so much joy, connection and solace for many thousands of people.
Sally Shaw MBE, Director of Firstsite
Artists, creatives, and even first-timers across the UK are being invited to make works of art to put up in their front windows to create the nation’s largest-ever exhibition – a celebration of creativity to counter the gloom of the pandemic. People will be encouraged to draw, paint, sculpt, build or create their own artwork and put it up in their front windows, on their front door, balcony or garden.

The Great Big Art Exhibition has launched on 28 January 2021 with a call to the nation to create a work. Leading artists will choose a different theme each fortnight. The opening theme, chosen by Antony Gormley, is about animals, with portraits, chosen by Sonia Boyce, to follow. Other artists supporting the project include Etel Adnan and Simone Fattal, Anish Kapoor, Tai Shani, Jeremy Deller, David Shrigley, Ai Weiwei and Ryan Gander.

The Directors of the National Gallery, Tate, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, V&A, National Museums Liverpool, Royal Academy of Arts, the Ashmolean Museum, The Courtauld, The Wallace Collection, Arts Council Collection and museums and galleries across the country have selected works which they think will be inspiring.

Claude Monet The Water-Lily Pond 1899 (c) The National Gallery London
We also invite all artists to actively participate in this initiative and transform their windows into galleries! Showcase your best work to your community and share it on social media using the hashtag #Thebigartexhibition
A magical patchwork of national creativity will be revealed by the summer.
The Great Big Art Exhibition will run through to the end of April 2021.

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Partners include: Art UK, The Big Draw, Voluntary Arts.
The Great Big Art Exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.