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  • 16 July 2014, 23:02

Art Everywhere Takes UK's Best Works Outside

Two of Britain's most well known artists have launched the country's largest outdoor exhibition, with billboards, bus shelters, underground stations and airports set to be turned into temporary galleries.

Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley gave their support to the Art Everywhere project, which will showcase 25 works of art over the next six weeks.

Organisers say it will give 90% of the population the opportunity to see art at an outdoor venue this summer.

The pieces on display were voted for by 38,000 people, with David Hockney's My Parents chosen as the nation's favourite.

Grayson, whose piece The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal came fourth, told Sky News the project should make art more accessible.

"Sometimes art is regarded perhaps as something for the middle classes or for a certain sort of elite part of society, and any chance that art gets to go out there and mix with 'real life' as some people call it (should be taken)."

Gormley, who unveiled a specially commissioned digital piece which will be offered as a free download, said Art Everywhere would encourage more people to go and see the original artwork.

"This is a brilliant initiative because what it says is that these are the works that we commonly own," he said.

"They may be all over the country in museums but actually they're there waiting for us to go and find and look at them.

"I think there's a sense that museums are rather serious places and that for a day out you'd rather go and do something like watch a football match, but bringing art out into the street and making people aware that they own these pieces (could change that perception)."

This is the second year of what has become the UK largest outdoor exhibition.

However, Perry believes art is at risk of becoming more elitist, not less.

"In my generation, most artists were probably working class because we went to university for free," he said.

"The trouble now is that now we have fees at universities, it is not necessarily the talented people who are going to art school.

"One of the crises we're facing is our talent not wanting to get into debt for the risky business of becoming an artist."

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