The last Sunday of May saw artrepublic’s inaugural Art Yard Sale take place in Brighton’s Jubilee Square. Despite the initial bad weather the day was a roaring success, with legions of art fans attending the event to grab themselves a bargain. Early on the artists had to batten down the hatches as rain and high winds threatened to blow away a few gazebos. However this didn't deter the public with long cues forming from the onset, for people wanting to exchange their cashfor the specially designed artrepublic currency in order to make purchases.
Luckily the rain didn't last for long, making way for clearer skies and the perfect environment to peruse the artists stands. It was fascinating viewing how the artists had displayed their work and chose to customise their stall. Pure Evil had an ingenious piece of buyable interactive art with his limited edition scratch cards. For just £10 you got a print with a nightmareified Elizabeth Taylor on one side and Ava Gardener on the other, you could then scratch off one of the silver panels for the chance to win an original Pure Evil canvas of Marilyn Monroe. Pure Evil was living up to his name, encouraging people to “Gamble on the Sabbath!”. He tagged his gazebo with his signature vampire bunnies and was kind enough to give it away to two adoring fans at the end of the day.
Brighton based Eelus had the largest crowd surrounding hisstall through out the day and definitely had his work cut out for the duration of the Yard Sale. Not content with just releasing a new limited silkscreen, Eelus live printedand spray-customised each one of the new edition, much to the amazement and adoration of the on looking art fans.
Another local artist, the graffiti supremo AROE had a very popular stand, offering his services with the spray can by painting bespoke letters for the public. The colourful works could be seen drying on the dashboard of the artrepublic van, ready to be taken to their new homes.
It’s very rare to see so many big names in one place and the public clearly loved the chance to have a chat with their favourite artists. Old favourite RYCA brought with him a bevy of Star Wars inspired, affordable work with a hearty dose of his acid-house fuelled fun.
We were super excited to have our top artists together bringing their work directly to the public. We’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who came and to our artists and staff for their hard work in what was a very memorable day. Be sure to keep an eye out for future artrepublic events and we hope everyone who was lucky enough to get something are enjoying their new artwork!