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Free Art Friday considering 'ninja' moves to keep spirit alive

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

  • Some of the free art dropped this weekend

  • One of the free art pieces dropped off

  • One of the free art pieces dropped off

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A COLLECTIVE of artists giving out free pieces of art in Gloucester are considering ‘going Ninja’ after the phenomenon proved so popular.

The Free Art Friday movement has exploded onto the streets of the city with contributors from across the world sending works of art to be given out free.

Hundreds of original works of art have been handed out on Fridays and the movement has a large following on Facebook.

However the process of the art drops may have to change after the latest handout this weekend in which most of the artwork appears to have been picked up by a single party of people.

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Free Art fan Chris Forrest, writing on the FAF Gloucester Facebook page, said: “Yesterday was the first time I’ve been able to go on the hunt and it is disappointing to hear it has all gone to one group.

“Me and the family had fun just hunting around the city looking at the new graffiti and were fully expecting to not get anything but to know we didn’t have a chance as the people doing the drop were followed does sour the experience.”

Writing on the Free Art Friday in Gloucester Facebook page, artist Beastie said: “It will be ninja FAF from now on, no clues, no dates, no times. much less fun, but we can’t have the same group of people take everything.

“One way of doing it is laying the art out and letting people take one piece each. hoped we could keep it a fun hunt for everyone, but will have to have a re-think.

“I will organise another mass drop in the future as the previous ones have gone well, but it will have to be done differently.

“FAFs will carry on, too many good artists to kill it off from one event that didn’t quite go to plan.

“The spirit of Free Art Fridays is likely to be different for everyone. I would hope that resisting the temptation of picking up more work just because you can, when you know other people are in the same boat, should make you feel good that you have given the opportunity to a stranger to come across a piece of art by not picking it up yourself.”

The Citizen is a supporter of th Free Art movement in Gloucestershire and publishes a different piece of artwork every Friday.

The newspaper is also backing calls for a Free Art Festival in the city this summer.

Since launching in Gloucester the FAF movement has also taken off in Cheltenham.

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