Art Pop-Up was founded in 2011 by Sam Roddan with the aim of providing opportunities for artists to develop and exhibit innovative, creatively challenging works whilst encouraging wider engagement and understanding. We work with artists at all stages of their careers and offer mentoring and support to our associate artists. Since its inception, Art Pop-Up has devised and organised several major projects including a new arts festival for Stamford and an exterior arts gallery, the ‘Art Windows’.
Art Pop-Up created the widely acclaimed ‘Fresh Take at Burghley’, an innovative contemporary arts residency programme and exhibition at Burghley House featuring 6 local artists. Their responses to the stately home's interior and its history juxtaposed the traditions of Burghley with current contexts. The final works were shown in the House’s State Rooms with over 14,000 visitors. The project was supported by Arts Council England and Creative Peterborough.
'Once Upon a Time' was a new visual arts residency, exhibition and education programme led by Art Pop-Up in 2016-17 exploring fairytales and folklore, delving into their narratives and symbolism – from Grimm to folklore mythologies. Fairytale conventions – the enchanted woodland, the hidden abode etc - are repurposed, siting these morality tales in contemporary contexts, to look at shifting perceptions of good and evil. The project was supported by the Woodland Trust's national Tree Charter, Vivacity, the Ernest Cook Trust and Peterborough Presents.
Art Pop-Up was also responsible for the WW1 1914 Centenary Commemoration Programme in Stamford, supported by the Royal British Legion and Stamford Town Council. It included a research project, an education programme, an exhibition and event space, and the Festival of Commemoration: ultimately engaging directly with nearly 3,000 local people. The project was also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lincolnshire County Council.
In 2012, Art Pop-Up ran the ‘Being British’ art education workshops and competition with over 800 local children, plus two art exhibitions on the theme, in association with The Children’s Society. We also produced Stamford’s Commemorative Book of Messages (in association with Photobox) for the Jubilee which was presented to HM The Queen in person.
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