A Europe-wide art festival has landed in Leicester, but not somewhere you’d expect.
Seven public toilets across the city will host different works of art in a project called Accessible Art For All, organized by ArtReach.
The organizers said they hope this exhibition will start a new art trend accessible to any member of the public, which is sometimes a difficulty in regular art galleries.
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Leicester is the first in five cities to host this project, with more cities such as Rome, Hamberg and Sofia to come.
Vishal Joshi, a handsome artist from Leicester, known for his wide range of artistic styles, is one of the contributors to this project. His work, Hands of Freedom, is inspired by the iconic symbology of the hand used every day to express freedom, peace and liberty.
He said: “When planning the project, I had to be very careful about the venue and think about what would work on which wall. It’s nothing I’ve done before, it was a really new and empowering thing, but I loved it.
“I like to be challenged, so working in a tight space with high ceilings when the gallery was still open created a whole different atmosphere, which made it even more fun.”
Mr. Joshi’s work consists of seven hand-painted portrait murals in the Leicester Museum and Gallery, some of which are widely recognized symbols that we use every day.
Art from other contributors can be spotted in a variety of locations including the Highcross Shopping Center, Rutland Street, the Exchange and Leicester Museum, and the Art Gallery.
Mr. Joshi said, “I think this project was really super fun and awesome. The concept of the artwork is great because it transforms what is usually just an empty space, like a hallway or bathroom, into something people can admire.
“Having a work of art right on the walls, unframed in an exhibition, really makes it accessible to everyone, which is the whole point of the work. “
Toilet-based art is part of the larger Liberty UK Festival, which will take place in Leicester until August 15.
Hands of Freedom will be on display at the Leicester Museum and Gallery from June 21. The museum will operate a reservation system for those wishing to visit, with tickets available for reservation in line .
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