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Bartering begins for works of art


Today presenter Evan Davis visited the Art Barter market in East London

Art lovers are bartering for works by established and emerging artists at a gallery in east London.

The Art Barter event at the Rag Factory, Whitechapel, features 50 works by artists including Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Abigail Lane and Gary Hume.

Offers of anything but money can be made for the works but the identity of the artists who created them will only be revealed at the event's end.

Curator Lauren Jones said it made art available to a more diverse crowd.

She added that it meant the works were not just available to "people with disposable income".

The exhibition includes paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations.

So far visitors have offered a Ferrari Enzo, a lettuce, "one of my kidneys", "to cook a curry" and "to write and record a song" in exchange for some of the artworks.

The artists will select the winning bids after the three-day exhibition ends on Sunday.

Miss Jones hopes the anonymous nature of the works "will create a gamble for the public and will make people value the art for what it really is, not for the name or price tag that formerly was attached".

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