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Top artists are selling posters to support struggling venues

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

All over the world, independent clubs, bars and art spaces are having a tough time. Now here’s a great way to help: major artists are selling affordable posters of their artwork – with every penny going directly to at-risk venues around the world.

More than 40 big-name international artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Andreas Gursky, Gillian Wearing, Melanie Bonajo and Mark Leckey have also contributed works to the 2020 Solidarity initiative, which Tillmans hopes will help give a financial boost to small venues ‘where a lack of audience is causing an existential threat’. So far, all those being supported are in Berlin, but Tillmans is in discussion with others (such as The Cause club and events space in London) and aims for this to be a global project.

Works available to buy right now include Tillmans’s own ‘still life (Bühnenbild)’ (supporting both Siegessäule magazine and Berlin arts space ACUD MACHT NEU), Wearing’s ‘All I Ever Wanted Was Love’ (for nightclub Renate) and Bonajo’s ‘Night Soil – Economy of Love’ (Siegessäule and Renate). All the posters are priced relatively affordably at £50, $50 or €50, and are available only for a limited time on individual venues’ crowdfunding pages. Tillmans is paying for all printing and postage himself, so 100 percent of proceeds will go straight to the beneficiaries.

It’s a simple way to show your fave venue that they’re appreciated – and also liven up that blank wall you’ve been staring at these past few weeks.

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