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The first real time art exhibition has arrived in Europe


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The first ever ‘real time’ art exhibition has arrived in Europe, allowing visitors to watch artists create work before their eyes.

So far the exhibition has toured Brussels, Berlin and Manchester and is heading to Milan and Paris in November.

The exhibition is directed by the world-famous British photographer and director, Rankin, who has organised this global exhibition under the slogan ‘Stir Creativity’. In his time, Rankin has photographed the Queen, Madonna, David Bowie, Bjork, to name just a few.


During its time in Berlin, the exhibition was held at a CANVAS Bar, under Potsdamer Platz,  in an old underground station.


Speaking to dna (Digital News Agency), Rankin said the exhibition was all about “encouraging creativity”. As well as watching artists create their work, members of the public can also join in, which is what the director wants to encourage.


“I get very upset when I hear people aren’t feeling creative because for me I’m inspired every single day, and I’ve heard this statistic that one in four people feel that they’re not living up to their creative potential, and for me that’s really frustrating.


The way to actually get creative is to come down to something like this or literally just try and push yourself out there”.

Paul Schrader, dna

Rankin acknowledges that art may not be for everyone, but encourages other forms of creativity such as writing, photography, filming.


The CANVAS Bar was supported by Bombay Sapphire Gin and all proceeds went back into the art community, supporting students in the Design Akademie Berlin; a university providing courses for those interested in the creative industry.


In the UK, Rankin sees funding for the arts cut everyday, and so wants to do his best to inspire, as well as support those with talent and drive.

The Berlin installment featured artists such as Superblast and Olaf Hajek, as well as other new upcoming talent. As well as the blank spaces, members of the public could enjoy workshops with the artists, offering some guidance to inspire their creativity.

Where Next?


Italy, Milan 14 Nov: Torneria Tortona, iconic design district

France, Paris, 15-16 Nov : Rue de Turenne​

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