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An alternative art tour of Manchester

Freee Art Collective with The International 3

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Launch artwork (from 10 November):

Launch artwork (videos):

Freee Art Collective

Freee has structured its trip around Manchester as a dissenting tour of the city’s public artworks.

The work turns the tables on the relationship between public art and the public: instead of being subject to the secret codes of public art the citizen addresses the art in terms of narratives, jokes, histories and hopes to highlight the public life that goes on around public art. The context for public art is brought back to the sculpture through mini-performances in which the artists respond to particular public artworks by presenting sheets of text to camera utilizing the public artworks as the background. Freee will be ‘performing’ with statues, memorials and modern public art. These performances will be filmed, each lasting up to three minutes long.

The new work introduces a template for responding to artworks. It is Freee’s intention that in demonstrating how to talk to public art, and through the web-site showing these video clips, the public will be encouraged to get involved and upload their own narratives and comments to public art. How to talk to public art will be available for viewing on YouTube where visitors can upload their own film versions on Freee’s YouTube account. The short films will be available to see on YouTube from 23rd November 2006.

Freee will be filming in Manchester city centre on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th November, look out for them, especially if you have something you have always wanted to say to a piece of public art in the city.


In 2005 The International 3 shifted from being an artist-led space with an exhibition programme to a commercial space that represented artists. Based in Manchester they champion lo-fi aesthetics that embody the energy of Manchester's music scene and retain an edgy and reflective mood. They support new and emerging artists working in visual and live arts.

Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan work collectively as Freee. Recent projects include: "Have you heard the one About the Public Sphere?" starring Norman Collier, a commission for Hull Time Based Arts; and How to Talk to Buildings, a commission for ARC 2006.

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