Clear Channel’s Artist in Residence Martin Firrell Launches Latest Public Artworks Exploring a Fairer Society
Date Published: 5 August 2019 |
Channel have partnered with artist Martin Firrell, to display his newest public
artworks that examine the idea of how society can be more fairly organised.
project ‘Union City’ will run across digital Out of Home screens until the 18th
artwork is designed to drive public discourse and debate around social change
and what constitutes a fair society.
Artist Martin Firrell, the Artist in Residence
for Out of Home media owner Clear Channel UK, will be displaying a series of
his new public artworks, entitled ‘Union City’. The project examines the idea
of fairness in society, designed to provoke debate about social policy and what
constitutes a fair society.
The project will look at different aspects of
society and community, asking questions such as: who is responsible for
society’s flaws and how can society be made more humane, as well as what
contribution can politics make, and how can people organise together to help
themselves? Martin Firrell explores
these questions in nine digital billboards.
The project is inspired by the artist’s ongoing
conversations with Clare Short, the British Labour politician and former MP who
served in Cabinet from 1997-2003 as Secretary of State for International Development.
‘Union City’ also reflects the artist’s conversations about fairness with Frances
O’Grady, the first woman to serve in the role of General Secretary of the
Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Clear Channel will be displaying Martin
Firrell’s ‘Union City’ artwork across their digital Out of Home network
nationwide until the 18th August. Running across Storm, Adshel Live,
and Wrap sites, the project also aims to show how the power of Out of Home can
be used to drive public discourse and positive social change.
says of the project: “When people of
conscience and humanity come together, a great force for good is released, and
this is really what I mean to convey with the nine artworks that make up Union
Clear Channel CEO, Justin Cochrane, says “We’re proud to be supporting this project
that opens up public conversation on progressiveness and promotes Fairness –
one of Clear Channel’s core values.”
Martin Firrell is a French public artist who
stimulates debate in public space to promote positive social change. His work
has been summarised as ‘art as debate’.
Working as Clear Channel’s Artist in Residence,
his first project earlier in the year was entitled “Power And Gender”. Both
projects are part of socialart.work,
a mass public art project looking at women’s equality and masculinity,
alternative forms of economic and social organisation, black power, and
solidarity between people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.