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Free art!

The Arts Council of England will be giving away travel wallets in April, the sort you might store your Travelcard in. It's the same format as the default Oyster card wallet. But these wallets have been designed by ten different artists. Most are printed with designs, ranging from photos to prose poems to drawings, but 1000 of them have been knitted. One of the artists is Tracey Emin, who will have a solo show at the UK's Venice Biennale pavilion this summer.

Most will be given away randomly at major travel location (train stations, tube stops), but 5000 of them are available to request via web (for free) if you're interested. The website also has photos of the ten wallet designs. (Scroll down to the bottom for image links and requests.)


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Mar. 20th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you - one request put in. I'll be interested to see which one I get, as I plan to hand it over to my father - I'm hoping for the one with the architectural elements.
Mar. 20th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
I got given the Bernardine Evaristo one at Paddington last night. It's very cool. :-)
Mar. 20th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Neat! Did you get an explanatory brochure to go with it? How did the givers explain what they were doing?
Mar. 20th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Actually they just thrust it into my hand as I dashed past on my way to the train. I vaguely heard some gobbledygook about the Arts Council but not very clearly! :-P
Mar. 20th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think they'd send one to the States, would they...

Still, a very cool idea!
Mar. 20th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
oooooh. major lust for Winterson one... What a great idea.
Mar. 21st, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
You like the wallets -- now join the debate!
Great to see positive reaction to our birthday celebrations. Not all bloggers (”http://www.nielsenscolumn.com/blog/?p=15”) have reacted as positively! It would be great to hear owlfish readers’ views on what principles should guide public funding of the arts today (http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/artsdebate/2007/02/what_principles_should_guide_p.php#more). The arts debate (http://www.artsdebate.co.uk) Arts Council England's first ever public value enquiry and we've already had a lot of lively online contributions.

Luke Smith, Project Manager, The Arts Debate
Mar. 25th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oxfam oyster wallets

Just out... Oxfam have linked up with designers to make sexy Oyster card wallets, I saw them on vogue and gq online news and metro news

and on the oxfam site
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