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5 Unmissable Pop-Up Events For Art Lovers Around The World

5 Unmissable Pop-Up Events For Art Lovers Around The World

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Updated: 10 December 2015
It all started two decades ago when retail shops offered limited editions. Shops were cleared and temporarily closed until they reopened with new items. They were named – pop-up shops. Recently the concept has changed a little when seeped into art: now it’s not only the items that are one-off but the venue itself; art could be anything and anywhere for a brief moment – before it was gone.

Art is everywhere – Free Art Friday

This global movement got its name about ten years ago by the British artist My Dog Sighs. What began as a bunch of artists leaving found objects for others to take has become a cross-countries event where tagged art is being placed in the streets and picked up for free. The unique interaction with the public and the will to bypass all agencies between the artwork and its audience made Free Art Friday a popular social network with artists and followers in Japan, the UK, Australia, Israel, Canada, America, Europe and all around the world.

Art is everything – Dead Drops

In 2010 Aram Bartholl, a Berliner artist, started an anonymous file-sharing network. A dead drop is an ‘information station’ in the shape of a cemented disk on key. Anyone can plug their laptops and share and receive files. Anyone can create a dead drop wherever they are. Dead Drops became a big hit soon after it was launched, as having a physical open-source network that feeds itself and grows by anonymous people made it the ultimate visual Hide Park where anyone can share everything with everyone.

Keiko-Mukaide's glass work | © Shannon Tofts
Keiko-Mukaide’s glass work | © Shannon Tofts

Art is for everyone – Pop up! Scotland

Pop Up! Scotland is a creative social enterprise that is aimed at bringing the arts into Scotland’s unexpected places. By creating one-off unique events, exhibitions and workshops, they allow more opportunities for artists to display their work, as well as fight cultural poverty by making art accessible and reaching out to groups that don’t have the opportunity to experience the arts because of their location, age, race or physical and mental limitations. They have already successfully done so by infiltrating art into the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, taking over bits of shopping centers and screening independent films in pubs.

Interior Exterior | © Daliah Appelbaum
Interior Exterior | © Daliah Appelbaum

Interior Exterior – Daliah Applebaum

Interior Exterior is an assemble of hidden decorative pieces scattered around the streets of Tel-Aviv. Different locations were chosen to be upholstered with a variety of fabrics in order to show how interior design can leak into exterior spaces and domestic can become public. The artist’s desire was to transform everyday objects by detaching them from their original context and relocating elsewhere. A pop-up reality. Flashback. Transplanting one reality onto another in order to create a new dialogue between the world and the viewer.

The Prince Albert and the beermats | © Bob Milner
The Prince Albert and the beermats | © Bob Milner

The art project within the art project – Bob Milner

The Prince Albert pop-up pub is a temporary living sculpture, inviting the public to physically and intellectually take part in a happening, an event, or a documented piece of work. It combines real ale, art, music and stimulating debate for the culturally engaged public and as any decent pub should have, The Prince Albert owns a collection of over 4,000 beermats made by children, doodlers, drinkers and passers by. The beermat acts as a democratic canvas for the masses, a promotional tool that became an emotional one. Currently, it can be found in Wakefield but has appeared in a mobile form, so look around.

By Inbal Drue

Inbal Drue was born in Israel, has lived in several places and is currently based in Ramat Gan. She’s a visual artist and a writer, living between the second and third dimensions. Recently graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a Master, her dream is to use her verbal passion in order to express her visual passion. She practices photography, installation art and has recently been exploring sound. You can find her on