Press Release: Jack Arts sponsors Mustafa Hulusi’s Flyposting exhibition and launches Outdoor Poster Competition
Jack Arts has sponsored Mustafa Hulusi’s Flyposting exhibition to be held at The Cass Gallery on the 29th of September until the 30th October 2015. In conjunction with the exhibition, Jack Arts has also partnered with Hulusi and the London Metropolitan University to launch the inaugural Jack Arts Outdoor Poster Competition.
The Cass at London Metropolitan University presents Flyposting, a new exhibition from Mustafa Hulusi bringing the British Cypriot artists’ flyposting works into a gallery space for the very first time. Hulusi has been flyposting his work on walls and billboards across the East End of London since 1998. His works are a mix of customised visuals, geometric patterns, photographs of flowers and fruits and signature works, using varying typography to shout his name across the poster sites.
His move into a gallery is not designed to commodify his works – they will be pasted to the walls, flyposted across the gallery, not framed for sale. The exhibition will bring his varying styles together, unifying them in a single space allowing visitors to survey both the photographic and graphic works creating links between the large scale images of decaying pomegranates with popping typography, showing the artist of both works to be one and the same. The exhibition will include: Pomegranates No.1 (2014), Expander (2006), newBuild (1999) Checkered (1998), and Cypriot Olive Tree (2011).
Hulusi’s flyposting work, by definition, has been public, open and available to all who pass by. The collaboration between Hulusi, Jack Arts and The Cass is a fitting one. Access to education and art for all runs through the ethos and curriculum at The Cass and is at the heart of Hulusi’s work, with Jack Arts having a long history of supporting the creative community.
Throughout Hulusi’s career, Jack Arts has provided an integral platform through which the artist has been able to showcase much of his work. Jack Arts’ heritage lies within the outdoor poster space, having been the first and only agency to run authorized flyposting schemes in the UK.
The inaugural Jack Arts Outdoor Poster Competition is the first of its kind and has been designed to encourage creative and innovative approaches for outdoor poster art, as well as nurture new talent. It is open to all Cass students, and challenges them to produce a creative design to be displayed as a street poster. Students will get the opportunity to present their work to an esteemed panel of judges including, artists Mustafa Hulusi, Patrick Brill, aka Bob and Roberta Smith, (MA Course Leader for Fine Art, London Metropolitan University), as well as Tim Horrox (Managing Director, Jack Arts). The winner will see their work exhibited across a number of Jack Arts outdoor poster sites later this year.
“We are delighted to be sponsoring Mustafa’s exhibition and to be launching the inaugural Jack Arts Outdoor Poster Competition. We have always believed in the importance of self expression through art in the medium of the outdoor poster, and will continue to support such initiatives” – Tim Horrox, Managing Director, Jack Arts
Notes to Editors
The exhibition is sponsored by Jack Arts and supported by London Metropolitan University.
Mustafa Hulusi lives and works in London. His recent solo exhibitions include Propagating Ambient, The Page Gallery, Seoul; The Golden Age, Max Wigram Gallery, London, (2014). In 2007 Hulusi represented Cyprus (with Haris Epaminonda) at the Venice Biennale. His work is featured in a number of collections, including Tate; The Zabludowicz Collection; UBS; British Council; Saatchi Collection.
Jack Arts is an independent out-of–home agency, providing creative advertising campaigns for galleries, exhibitions, theatres, publishers and brands in the UK and Europe. With over 20 years experience, it has evolved to become the leading agency for the arts sector. The agency owns over 2000 city centre poster sites across the UK and offers other services including experiential and ambient advertising. Jack Arts has been supporting Hulusi’s work since 1998. http://www.jackagency.co.uk/arts ,http://twitter.com/jack__arts/
On Thursday 22nd October at 5.30pm, Adrian Burnham (Art and Design lecturer) will present a talk exploring the legacy and continuing pertinence of flyposting. Admission free. Venue: Room 116, Central House, London Metropolitan University, entrance adjacent to gallery.
The Cass Gallery
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The Cass is the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. It is one of four faculties within the University. The Cass teaches about 2500 students at Foundation, Degree and Postgraduate level at two buildings in Aldgate. Subjects include Animation, Architecture, Film Production, Fine Art, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery, Music Technology, Musical Instrument Making, Photography, Product Design and Textiles. The Faculty also offers 200 short and professional development courses. There is a strong emphasis across the studios on socially engaged Architecture, Art and Design applied to both local and global contexts, a Faculty-wide interest in making and many projects focus on aspects of London. Students at The Cass are encouraged to learn through practice, experiment with process and gain real- world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies.