Creative Future launches crowdfunding campaign to take 15 under-represented artists’ work on national tour


Creative Future is seeking crowdfunding to support the Tight Modern Winners’ Tour, a national showcase of 15 under-represented artists facing barriers of mental health, disability or identity. This is your chance to help stamp out stigma and increase arts diversity.

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A selection of the winners’ images

The Tight Modern is the world’s smallest pop-up art gallery—an 8’ x 5’ replica of the iconic Tate Modern. A tiny art gallery with a big impact, it’s showcased hundreds of the UK’s best under-represented artists through national competitions and tours. It enables talented, unrecognised artists who face extreme barriers due to mental health, disability, identity, health or social circumstance to get their artwork seen by up to 134,000 people.

This year, 15 prizewinning artists and selected guest artists will go from being exhibited in the Tight Modern to exhibited on gallery walls—enabling artists from the margins to be showcased in the mainstream.

A miniature replica of the Tight Modern mounted on a plinth—the ‘Tighter Modern’—will project their artwork on to the gallery wall. This ‘best of the best’ exhibition will tour from December 2017 to February 2018 to:

  • Jubilee Library, Brighton
  • Redbridge Central Library, Ilford
  • MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
  • Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

The public (and arts industry professionals) can vote for their top three artists, who will win prestigious prizes—including being part of a group exhibition at Aspex Gallery in 2019.

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A selection of the winners’ images

Creative Future are close to being able to put on the tour, but still need to raise £1,500 to put on the exhibition, judging, prizes, preview and award events.

Tight Modern artists need help and support to get their work out there—in addition to the personal barriers they face as people with mental health, health/disability and other issues, the mainstream arts world often sees them as ‘people with problems,’ not as people with potential and artists in their own right.

Can you help us make the Winners’ Tour a success? Put emerging, unrecognised artists on the map and champion the talents of those under-represented in the visual arts world. Supporters of the project will receive rewards ranging from greetings cards, tote bags and even giclee prints and VIP invites, depending on the level of support given.