Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry is seeking artist donations for a one-off event this weekend that igives visitors the chance to pick up a piece of artwork for free.
The Herbert is asking for artists to take part in the worldwide phenomenon of It's Yours, Take It by donating a piece of their work to the event. Works can be produced on any material including canvas, reclaimed wood and cardboard, they can be of any style, shape or inspiration but need to be of a quality standard.
Work has already been donated by up and coming street artists Pahnl, Newso and AsOne, and has been sent in from as far as St Louis, Missouri and Tehran in Iran.
Donated items will be included either during this one-off day, or, it may be hidden somewhere in Coventry during the Street Art exhibition for passers by to pick up and take home. By submitting pieces of work, artists will be given the opportunity to have their work and name seen by everyone visiting the Herbert on that day.
Work needs to be sent to Dominic Bubb, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP by this Friday (September 10).
Jamie Perry, head of marketing and communications at the Herbert, said: "This is a great opportunity for local people to get involved with the Herbert, see some ground breaking art and have the chance of walking away with a piece to hang on their walls.
"The kind and generous donations of artists worldwide ensures that everyone has the chance to become a collector, appreciator and owner of truly inspirational art. I would urge everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity."
It's Yours, Take It has been organised to complement the Herbert's new exhibition Street Art: Contemporary Prints from the V&A which opens on 9 October.
Street Art: Contemporary Prints from the V&A explores the ways street art has moved away from the painted wall into the medium of printmaking, creating distinctive, exciting visuals along the way.
Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s internationally renowned collection of prints, this exhibition showcases established and emerging street artists, both British and international, including names such as Banksy, D*Face, Eine, Miss Tic, Shepard Fairey and Swoon.
As an addition to the V&A exhibition, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum has commissioned six emerging artists on the UK street scene to create new works of art that will be displayed in Fresh Paint. Pahnl, SPQR, Lucy McLauchlan, Ben Slow, AsOne and Newso have all created pieces that have not been seen before, and will not be seen together again.
Contextual images showing street art in its original settings have been provided by Very Nearly Almost magazine.