TWO young entrepreneurs are set to revolutionise the region’s arts community by launching the world’s first digital gallery.
Sunderland-based Standby...Art says it will be the first gallery to be made up entirely of high-definition monitors, and will feature the work of young international artists as well as those from the North-East.
The gallery will open in the Sunniside area next year and is the brainchild of recent animation and design graduates Andy Watts and Frankie Cavanagh.
The monitors will allow the pair to feature regularly-updated pieces and will also create a link to artists at work so that visitors can watch a piece of art being created before their eyes.
Frankie said: “Using digital technology, we can display art in new and exciting ways. People can come into the gallery to watch artists at work all over the world with the use of streaming media then see the final product only a short while later.”
The entrepreneurs also plan to crack the corporate market by installing the screens in offices throughout the region, which will be linked to the art featured in the gallery.
The pair have already forged links with a number of up-and-coming artists, including Sunderland-born photographer Paul Alexander Knox, who is currently showcasing his work at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory.
Although the art will be digitalised, visitors have the opportunity to buy originals as well as screen prints from the gallery.
The pair were inspired to set up the business in order to enter this year’s North-East Universities Business Planning Competition, also known as the Blueprint Awards.