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Gifts for the Future

Gifts for the Future is a participatory public art work that gives away £1000 in exchange for future positive actions that cost nothing. It is presented in a public space in proximity to acts of economic exchange such as a market place, a shopping precinct, a bank. It’s aimed towards a passing public who may happen upon the event in the course of their ordinary activity.

100 members of the public participate directly in the work. Through conversations with the artist and performers each participant makes a commitment to carry out a future positive action: an action that is without monetary cost. With their promise made, each receives £10 to do with as they wish. Gifts for the Future untangles the £10 gifts from transactional exchange. It generates discussions that question what we value, the value we place on time and the economy of the gift. And it accumulates one hundred future positive actions to be activated beyond the timeframe of the event: Gifts for the Future

Article written prior to the first performance of the piece is on Figures Series website here

Gifts for the Future was first presented at Sneinton Market in Nottingham in September 2017 when the longer title Breathing Line: Gifts for the Future was used

Gifts for the Future is originally commissioned and produced by Dance4
Gifts for the Future is part of Figures Series
Figures Series is funded by Arts Council England

Image credits: image 1 Helen Bailey, image 2 Paul Dennan, others Lucas Hough

Performers at Sneinton Market Nottingham: Ella Hurman, Hermione Purvis, Katrina Brown, Mark Leahy, My Johansson, Paul Russ and Rosanna Irvine