Ten emerging artists have been commissioned to co-create a series of artworks that are showcased on billboards across the country and within an art installation in one of London’s creative hubs, Shoreditch. 

As restrictions are easing and we are enjoying starting to socialising and reuniting with friends, family and colleagues again, Vuse, the vaping brand, has launched a new campaign that supports talented artists and gives an opportunity to connect and co-create art together. Following a time when creative collaboration has been difficult due to the pandemic, the project brings creative minds together to celebrate the power of collaboration. The project marks the brand’s migration from ‘Vype’ to ‘Vuse’.

Championing the idea that when different minds come together creativity flourishes, the talented creatives were partnered with artists of different but complementary styles. The artists were encouraged to merge their ideas, techniques and styles to create unique artworks that showcase how collaboration can fuel creativity, whilst spreading the positive message that creativity is stronger through working together. The project builds on Vuse’s commitment to support local creatives, following its ‘Be The Next’ campaign last Autumn, which also spotlighted emerging artists, showcasing their works and stories across the country.

The artworks created by the artists are currently being displayed on billboards nationwide. In addition, a large-scale outdoor art installation pop-up is live in Shoreditch, featuring three multi-dimensional sculptures, reflecting the Vuse signature branding, which have been turned into a canvas for the artists’ works. The installation launched in July where two of the artists, Jess Wilson and Mona Sharif, had five hours to paint one of the sculptures live at Boxpark, Shoreditch. This gave spectators the opportunity to watch the collaboration happening live and learn more about the inspiration behind their collaborative art piece. The installation also features the work of artists Lois O’Hara and Will Da Costa plus Scott Balmer and David Oku. Adult tobacco and nicotine consumers aged 18+ are able to enjoy this free art installation at Boxpark, Shoreditch up until Tuesday 3rd August.

Will Da Costa reflects on his collaboration experience with his partner artist Lois O’Hara: “The opportunity to collaborate with another creative was really unique for me. Having never collaborated with another artist before and too often shying away from connecting with other creatives, it has been a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful experience.”

Artist collaborator Jess Wilson adds: “The great thing about collaborating is learning new stuff, I think artists are solitary people and we tend to get stuck in our own ways of working. This has definitely opened my eyes to how I tackle the creative process and I’ve had the opportunity to test out new skills that I wouldn’t have explored before.”

The campaign launched on the 14th June with the artwork being displayed on billboards nationwide, including London, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Southampton, and the live painting event took place on the evening of Saturday 24th July. The art installation is available for adult [nicotine] consumers aged 18+  to view free of charge up until Tuesday 3rd August.

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