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22blocks UK is a partially artist-run artists’ representative agency based in Brighton. We represent a groundbreaking roster of artists, encompassing both established and up-and-coming, contemporary artists, outsider artists, globally based street crews, and graffiti artists.
In an art market that systematically diminishes creatives to mere commodities, where the relationship between artist and gallery has been proven increasingly unfruitful (only 12% of artists in a large recent study see galleries as ”helpful”), we aim to nurture each other and to work towards facilitating opportunities that can be explored collectively. We refuse to believe that competition is the only way to motivate people to explore ideas in unique ways.
As a public art developer, our team explores and develops the interaction between contemporary art and public spaces. Through site-specific art, temporary interventions and urban development projects we strive to contribute to the development of both contemporary art and public spaces. Contemporary art does not only consist of objects but operates on relational and conceptual levels as well. Similarly, public spaces are not only streets and squares, but to an equal degree, the social and mental spaces that form when we exchange ideas and reflect critically. Our work generates knowledge and methods that can be applied in different social contexts where the artist’s task is often to contribute specific social or creative skills rather than to create a singular artwork.
We are research-oriented, sensitive to creative trends and to the international marketplace. Although we are a recently established agency, our esteemed position in the industry as individuals is rooted in our ability to continuously find and foster cutting-edge artists and to set the standard in marketplace trends.