The Art Project that grew – ‘A Year of Time’ takes off!
So, just more than a year ago I had this idea for an art project that encompassed many of my interests, the share economy, hand made, community, the value of things, minimising waste and notions of time. It was called ‘A year of Time 1:30’. You can read a bit more about it here. Anyway, one of the many conceptual layers of work is the idea that instead of people ‘buying’ my artwork for money, they can exchange something for the same amount of hours that it took me to make the artwork…or they can exchange it for what they think it’s worth in cash…they decide….as a result I’ve had people offer to help me with garden, give me surfing lessons, help with my website, help in my gallery, help me make more art, help with social media, sew for me and cook for me…..and sing for me. At the end of the year, the documentation of all these exchanges will be exhibited in another exhibition (and any cash recieved for vessels will be used to make another vessel out of the actual currency) in December 2018.
So this is how this very special fundraising event came about…. A lovely lady took a fancy to my work, selected one of the vessels (which took 8 hours and 11 minutes to make) and said she would sing for me! Now how cool is that?
I absolutely loved the idea and thought it wonderful and slightly crazy (maybe also because I can’t sing to save myself) – but singing for 8 hours seemed slightly insane, so instead we cut down the exchange by bringing her partner along to play his guitar at the same time – so that will make it 4 hours and 5.5minutes! They have a band called ‘my sauce good’ and you can check them out on YouTube.
But then, how to make it happen? I have a contemporary jewellery art gallery, and thought maybe they could sing at a gallery opening. Or maybe they could come along and do it as a special gallery event? But then I thought, let’s do a fund raiser! And let’s do it for one of my favourite charities, Oz Harvest, because being a permaculture lover, wasting food just drive drives me INSANE when it can be made good use of!
Literally, the next week, an email popped into my inbox about the OzHarvest fundraiser OzSizzle, so it seemed an appropriate platform to use….so here we go!
We’re holding the OzHarvest fundraiser in my back yard, and I have another ‘year of timer’ exchanging time for cooking. It’s going to cost $25 per person to come and listen to Laura sing and I’ll throw in some wine. 100% of all proceeds will go towards OzHarvest! You need to firstly reserve a place at trybooking then go to OzHarvest to hand over your donation.
We can only fit about 25-30 people but even if you miss out on the event, I’m sure OzHarvest would really appreciate your support by donating anyway…Anyone who makes a donation will be acknowledged as a contributor to ‘A Year of Time 1:30’ and their name will be included in the exhibition of exchanges that have taken place throughout the year and you’d be making my ‘Year of Time’ art project an even bigger success!
If you want to know more, please get in touch or book online