Driven by collaboration and a new approach focused on the artists just as much as their work, ArtCan has grown from a single exhibition to a diverse portfolio of events across the capital and now the world, with almost 80 artists feeding into its international efforts.
Now a charitable organization, ArtCan supports artists through profile-raising activities and exhibitions, an open network of likeminded peers, and practical support structures. Believing always in the fact that artists need time to find their voice, ArtCan seeks to complement and support established gallery structures by enabling emerging talent to be experienced and purchased in alternative settings. ArtCan also believes that a no-commission sales structure helps ensure that the artist can focus on developing their art rather than trying to make ends meet.
Art practice is often solitary and the process of developing a fine art practice can result in isolation. ArtCan introduces artists to a network, which provides support as well as enriches thinking. This passion is matched with a practical desire to develop contacts with resources and specialists both within the UK and internationally, with hopes artists can maximise their chances of sustaining their practice and reaching a wider audience within the art world and beyond.
ArtCan creates opportunities for contemporary artists without formal gallery representation to reach a wider audience. In 2017, an already-vibrant exhibition programme will culminate in their annual open submission exhibition: What is the Point? this year taking place at the Camden Image Gallery, London. A group show of 2D and 3D artists, each artist will create a work of art specifically responding to the title ‘What is the Point?’.
An exciting addition to this year’s annual exhibition is the partnership with GreatArt, who will generously sponsor a prize on the opening night to the artist they believe has most succinctly and creatively responded to the title. ArtCan prides itself in ensuring that the best opportunities are offered to both artists and audiences alike. This enables respect and trust from any buying clientele and the team behind ArtCan are also very aware that by working alongside like-minded organisations and individuals they can continue to grow.
The ArtCan Annual Show will be open 6-17 November, to find out more, become an ArtCan artist, support the group, or become a “Friend of ArtCan” sustaining donor please connect via www.artcan.org.uk or @artcanorg on twitter and Instagram.