Dundee has been participating in the Fun-A-Day project since 2011. The premise is simple: pick a project (take a photograph, make the bed, draw a picture, bake a cake, etc) and do it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group exhibition.
The originators of Fun a Day are the Artclash collective in Philadelphia. So you can join people from Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland, LA and New York in this Fun a Day Challenge.
Here is a good explanation about Fun A Day from the originators:
Fun-A-Day is a simple concept that produces beautiful results. Participants choose a project and produce one piece of artwork every day for the entire month of January. The resulting pieces create a narrative outlining each person’s journey through the first month of the year. Projects vary from lighthearted to serious, high-brow to low-brow.
Fun-A-Day seeks to remove the barriers to creativity by offering opportunities and invitations for participation. The project seeks to create a welcoming forum for people to share what they do, to strengthen existing communities of artists and non-artists. Fun-a-Day is an open invitation to foster a daily creative practice. It began as a way for the originators of the project to keep each other motivated and maintain their creative practices through the month of January. The project spread as others embraced the idea and vowed to not only complete their project, but to encourage their friends to do the same. Since its inception in 2004, the project has shown tens of thousands of pieces by hundreds of artists, non artists, creative types, and kids.
Fun A Day started off as a way to encourage artists to keep each other motivated, but over the years, we have seen an increase in anyone and everyone making this project their own. Creativity can take all forms, and we would love to see some new and original, as well as traditional ways of how you are going to have a fun New Year! No idea is too small, too silly, too simple, too complicated… surprise and inspire!
(Image: K Rolina Gibson)
You create and produce your project on your own terms, in your own time each day (or as close to it as possible!) Some people want to try something new, like learning an instrument, begin knitting, or by taking up a new physical activity such as yoga. They use the project as a good motivator and the perfect excuse to achieve it. Some participants take each day as it comes, and aim to do something which they find enjoyable, even if it’s different each day. Examples are; baking a cake, having a long bath, or walking the dog somewhere new. Many participants use Fun A Day to work on a project or skill which needs developing as it provides an easy, and achievable goal, while having fun.
It is not compulsory to take part in the exhibition, but many participants find it to be the perfect end to their project.. It’s a fun and satisfying way to step back, and see all that has been achieved within such a short time. The exhibition usually takes place within a month after the project closes, and is open to the public, providing a professional platform for many people to share their work, often for the first time. It is a brilliant opportunity for artists, non artists, people of all ages and backgrounds. Fun A Day brings people together, and inspires creative making for the rest of the year, as well as inspiring others who view the exhibitions.
(Image: Laura Galloway)
- Do I have to share my work online?
No. With the increase in use of social media, many participants have found sharing their work to be fun, motivating and useful for feedback, but it is not a requirement to share your work online. It can be a private project for yourself.
- Can I take part if I don’t usually make art?
Absolutely! Fun A Day is open to all ages and occupations, it is for anyone looking to inject some creative fun into the start of their new year!
- Do I have to share my work online?
- Who runs Fun A Day?
Fun A Day projects and events are run by volunteers, passionate of the positivity and the community that Fun A Day creates. Artist Morgan Cahn brought Fun A Day to Dundee in 2013 with a brilliant kick off, having 38 creative participants taking part. After moving, Hazel Saunderson, Rebecca Grieg and Theresa Lynn decided to carry on providing the fun in 2014. It was another great success, with over 50 people taking part and 33 of those bringing work to exhibit. In 2015 Hazel and Rebecca returned, opening the project to returning fun makers and a variety of new ones, with a successful exhibition in WASPS artist studios, including the rise of a busy Twitter feed between participants. In 2016, Fun A Day Dundee was carried on by Rebecca Greig and previous fun maker; Sam Baxter, which continued to see an increase in participants, as well as the amazing variety of projects. Sam Baxter continued to run the project for 2017, with an increasing number of participants, making 58 fun a day projects, with 41 exhibiting. This year Sam has continued to run the event, which still continues to grow, as we have seen over 70 participants taking part in the fun over January, with over 50 exhibiting. We have seen a lot of activity on Instagram this year, providing support and creating an opportunity for networking which is a big part of the project for many people. We also welcome our younger participants this year with ages ranging from 0 – 6, and under 18!
Sam Baxter is a freelance artist who works within Dundee, and is based in Perthshire. She can be contacted at email@example.com / sambaxterart.co.uk.
- Where Else Is Fun A Day?
We hope over time Fun A Day will grow across Scotland, the UK, and beyond, as we have had requests from Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. (We accept projects outside of Dundee, but it would be better to have more local events.) This is only the beginning…
Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help grow this project.
Want to take part?
Like us on Facebook (@FunaDayDundee), follow us on Twitter (@FADDundee) and Instagram (@funadaydundee) to be in the know with the goings on of Fun A Day Dundee. We start to promote a couple of months before January, providing time for you to sign up, and creating that platform for you to share your project with others during the month if you wish.
Taking part is free and anyone can do it! All you have to do is set some goals to have as much fun as you can in January. You don’t have to stick to one specific project, you can create a whole variety of work based on how you feel/ what you want to achieve with Fun A Day.