The Crossover Project is an initiative founded by design journalist Roddy Clarke and Bleur Art Gallery founder Aurelia Islimye. In a bid to uncover the waste streams within the creative worlds and reimagine them as contemporary art with the help of a group of talented artists from Bleur Art Gallery, the pair will host an interactive live show followed by a thought-provoking exhibition on the mezzanine at The Royal Exchange. Working with a collective of creatives including fashion designers Ron Dorff and ELV denim, lighting brand Fritz Fryer and design creatives such as ecological and natural paint brand Graphenstone, The Crossover Project collects the waste coming from different collections and pieces and presents them to a group of artists to transform into captivating artworks. From packaging, textiles, sawdust and marble offcuts, the final collection will shine the spotlight on the need for change, while encouraging the creative industries to collaborate and make a change for the future.
Clarke and Islimye have captured every step of the journey through a long-form documentary, which explores the innovation of the artists first-hand as they take materials destined for landfill and reimagine them in new formats and applications.
The artworks will be available to bid on in a silent auction hosted by The Auction Collective, allowing the project to showcase a tangible, commercial solution to the waste issues we face today. A portion of profits from the sale of the artworks is being donated to The Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Environmental artist David Buckland will be supporting the project and exhibiting two of his artworks from his series ICE TEXTS. Click here for your chance to bid on the silent auction.
The Crossover Project runs until 15 July and is open from 9am to 5pm every day and until 9pm on Thursdays. Follow The Crossover Project on Instagram.