Street Fans

The Fan Museum

19 September – 31 December 2017

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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.

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