Self by Andy Warhol, licenced by Dreamtime
A commemoration of Andy Warhol, 30 years after the artist’s death, is set to attract tens of thousands of extra visitors into Croydon in September.
The award-winnng RISEgallery is delivering Warhol Croydon, a groundbreaking programme of free events, throughout the month, as a tribute to the life and work of one of the biggest names in 20th century art.
Develop Croydon are proud supporters of the month, which is widely expected to be one of the largest cultural events of the year.
Richard Plant, chairman of Develop Croydon, said: “In the seven years since we started, Develop Croydon has been striving to change perceptions of the town.
“Who would have thought when we started on that journey with just eight founder members that the borough would be able to host a cultural event of this nature with the potential to attract interest and visitors from all over the world.
“We have had huge successes but we hope that staging an event of this type will demonstrate the huge potential Croydon still has to offer and hosting such a landmark event can only go to further the growing cultural reputation of the town.”
The focal point of the programme, being headline sponsored by Croydon BID and Croydon Council, will be a unique street exhibition of giant artworks curated by RISEgallery and the artist Dotmasters.
It will feature tributes to Warhol by some of today’s leading artists, to be displayed on prominent buildings throughout the town centre and lit up at night.
Free guided tours of the cutting-edge exhibition will take place twice daily throughout the month.
There will also be a free exhibition of original Andy Warhol artworks hosted in the RISEgallery, in St George’s Walk, as well as a series of free Warhol film and documentary screenings, talks and lectures by international speakers from around the world and a host of family-friendly events.
Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, founder of the RISEgallery, said: “Few names in the world of art are more evocative than that of Andy Warhol, who continues to attract record-breaking numbers of visitors to exhibitions of his work around the world.
“We expect 100,000 visitors throughout the month as Croydon’s reputation as one of London’s cultural epicentres continues to grow.
“Warhol’s work has attracted huge numbers of people to exhibitions in the likes of Sydney, Liverpool and Hull, this year’s UK City of Culture and we are hosting the only UK event marking the 30th anniversary of his passing.”
Kevin believes displaying tributes by some of the highest-profile modern artists throughout the town will further enhance the reputation of a borough in which the local authority has stressed its commitment to putting culture at the core of its mission to create a sense of place.
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council, said: “This is a real coup for Croydon and we look forward to welcoming the thousands of visitors who will want to see and be inspired by this ground-breaking project.
“As a council we have been committed to putting culture at the heart of everything we do and this is another example of the exciting way in which our cultural scene is evolving.”
All events are FREE for everyone. Further information visit www.warholcroydon.co.uk