19 September – 31 December 2017
Keeping things cool in both senses of the word is a new exhibition combining two rather different art forms: fan-making and street art.
A colourful collaboration between The Fan Museum and Paris-based street artist Codex Urbanus, Street Fans sees internationally recognised artists such as Jonesy, Zokatos and Levalet team up with expert fan-maker Sylvain Le Guen to create unique hand-held fans.
Bringing the endangered practice of fan-making into conversation with the globally popular street art phenomenon, this unusual show demonstrates the Greenwich museum’s commitment to promoting its specialism in imaginative, stimulating ways – and was supported by an Art Happens crowdfunding campaign.
On show are some 50 original folding fans displaying a huge range of design techniques, incorporating everything from precise geometric compositions to typographic scribblings reminiscent of ancient hieroglyphics.
The exhibition goes beyond the Fan Museum, too, with a programme of related events including a 'paint jam' and a fan-making workshop at Greenwich Market.