38 people kicked off January 2013 with a Fun-a-Day, that means 1,178 pieces of art were created in Dundee in just one month. It is really pretty amazing that all that fun and art was instigated by just one person – artist Morgan Cahn.
During 2013 Morgan moved away from sunny Dundee, but Hazel Saunderson, Rebecca Grieg and Theresa Lynn decided to carry on 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 to new ones, with a successful exhibition in WASPS artist studios, and a busy Twitter feed.
Fun A Day 2016 was carried on by Rebecca Greig and previous fun maker; Sam Baxter, which finished with a beautiful, funny, and a creative exhibition by Dundee fun makers.
Sam Baxter continued the project for 2017, with a brilliant turn out & variety, producing a final 58 participants, with 41 exhibiting!
In 2018, Sam Baxter continued to run the event, tweaking the look of FADD in creative ways as the numbers of fun participants continued to increase. We saw 70+ people join in with the project, and a record breaking 52 exhibiting! This year many participants created large quantities of work, in a huge variety of mediums which was truly impressive.
In 2019, Sam still behind the scenes, Fun A Day was supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, and we were funded for the first time! We began branding this year, brought in a lovely team of volunteers (participants) over the exhibition, and beat last years record numbers! Over 100 people joining in, with 90 participants in our publication of projects, and 61 exhibiting, as well as 368 visitors over the weekend exhibition. We were over the moon!
This year (2020), Fun A Day has its first Team to run the project as we continue to grow! Sam now has amazing team to assist her: Linda Barclay Isles, Kristina Aburrow, Hannah Wingfield, and Leah Gurr. Leah and Hannah are also previous participants to Fun A Day! We’re looking forward to rolling out Fun A Day 2020 to you all!
We hope that people of Dundee that would like to carry on having fun with us this year, so below is some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing! Do also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter for daily inspiration.
- The most important thing though is to just get started! You can find more ideas and take a look at previous Fun-a-Day shows and projects on Artclash.