do what you can: exercise x
On Saturday 15th August the first public manifestation of do what you can took place on the gallery footings in Bute Park, Cardiff.
do what you can: exercise x was the culmination of a 6 week practical exercise, both for us, and for the artists involved. It was about us doing something together – do what you can – with the time and resources available to us. The day was the coming together of many people’s ideas to form a temporary gallery, activating an as yet unrealised structure in the city centre.
To cover the costs of artists travel, materials and refreshments, we collected donations of unwanted belongings to trade at Bessemer Road Market. Thanks to the many kind donations received from Cardiff-based artists, friends and family we were able to raise £270 of alternative funds.
We are really grateful to the thirteen artists who contributed to the project, each showing generosity and willingness from the off. At the beginning of the project we both decided that if, in six weeks time, we were the only two people standing on the gallery footings for a day, well that would be enough. As it turned out we were joined and welcomed by 54 participants and friends.
We already owe many thanks, and hope that you will stay tuned for the next installment of do what you can, coming soon. In the meantime this online space remains open to digital contributions from the artists, and to dialogue with you. So please get in touch – Jess & Louise.