From a ride on a one-eyed pony, to artworks, to a two week stay in an Italian villa, Art Barter is re-defining how we value art and asking the artist and audience to participate in the most democratic and fair process possible. For the creators of Art Barter, it’s all about what you see, about experiencing art in a completely unbiased way, and about giving everyone the chance to own something they love. The audience submits an offer, art for art, art for ideas, art for experience and the artist has the final say. It’s that simple.
Art Barter has travelled around the world, run by Lauren Jones and Alix Janta-Polczynski. Last year they went to Mexico and the year before to Istanbul. This year, Art Barter, supported by Collectionair and Prolab digital, is being held at Alskeral Avenue in Dubai, an amazing new space laid out almost like a Hollywood film set with huge warehouses housing different independent art projects and galleries, such as the Leila Heller Gallery. This edition has been organised with Victoria Lelandais and Natasha Carella, and Art Barter’s creators tell us they are pleasantly surprised at how well it has been received, they weren’t sure how the system of bartering would go down in Dubai but there has been no shortage of interesting offers and it’s gaining momentum as Art Week continues.