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ArtWash / R.U.

Thame, United Kingdom

ArtWash / R.U. started as an inter-social meeting space in a working Launderette. On the 20th of every month the Launderette became a venue. Artists would transform the space with their work, performance or debate. The public would encounter these events either by chance, as they did their washing, or on purpose. It became a place to gain feedback as an artist but also to experience art in a non-art space. In 2009 Artwash / R.U. moved to different spaces such as Chinese takeaways, centre for the blind and also became an art delivery service for performance art in private homes. ArtWash / R.U. is still exploring art in everyday public spaces such as buses or with the Horsebox gallery that can be transported.  Especially after and because of the impact of COVID-19, the focus of Artwash / R.U. has now expanded to explore the Rural and Urban (R.U). The approach of using non-art spaces is still the same but with a wider reach that includes Rural and Urban spaces: ArtWash / R.U. explores how these landscapes are evolving in a digital age, the role that contemporary art plays in rural areas and how Art interventions make intersocial links. They work in partnership with Modern Art Oxford and OVADA.


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  • Socio-cultural activities and cultural mediation
  • Community and civic activities
  • Project management
  • Event management
  • Information/awareness-raising
  • Networking
  • Revitalisation/activation of public spaces
  • Internationalisation and mobility

Artistic disciplines

  • Dance
  • Street art
  • Development of alternative art practices
  • Painting/drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital arts
  • Sculpture
  • Film and video art
  • Fashion design
  • Crafts
  • Architecture

Topics covered

  • Interculturality and migration
  • Intergenerational relations and ageing
  • Participation and audience engagement
  • Disabilities and inclusion
  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Tangible cultural heritage
  • Non-urban culture
  • European citizenship and identity
  • Digitalisation