Museums and leading artists are inviting the British public to take part in what they hope will be the biggest art exhibition ever mounted.
The Great Big Art Exhibition is being launched by Sir Antony Gormley, who is asking people to make an artwork at home and put in their window or garden.
The Angel of the North sculptor said the ambition was to create a country-wide show of imagination and optimism, inspired by the rainbow images people made to celebrate the NHS and keyworkers during the first lockdown.
Every two weeks, a different artist will chose a subject for the public to respond to in what the organisers hope will be a rolling nationwide exhibition, ending on 30 April.
“At a time when all the theatres and galleries are shut it is wonderful to somehow tap into the extraordinary reservoirs of creativity in the country and celebrate the diversity of range and thought and feelings that exist,” Sir Antony said.
He has suggested animals as the theme for the first two weeks of The Great Big Art Exhibition.
“We want to let the inner animal out,” he said. “People will find their inner animal… it could be a whale or a dinosaur”.
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Details of how to take part, including a free activity pack, are available from arts organisation FirstSite.