A group of young artists invited the public to experience a darker side of Valentine’s Day – BLEEDING HeART – which was an exhibition enticing the public to trade in their stereotypical views of Valentine’s Day for a chance to take an adventure into the more cruel and twisted forms of love.
Bleeding HeART was a combination of an exhibition and interactive event which included people taking part to dress as gruesome characters, set to wander the building and interact with the audience keeping them on edge at all times. The Exhibition opened on Saturday the 14th of February, using the abandoned rooms on the second floor of the Queen of Bradgate pub on High Street, Leicester.
Visitors wandered around the building being followed and tormented by the creepy characters, but also looking at the artwork that was on display.
The young organisers worked effortlessly, running the project by themselves with funding from the Mighty Creatives and creating all the artwork to go in to the exhibition however it did not go unnoticed, within the first fifteen minutes of the exhibition being open, one of the miniature hearts were sold for more than the selling price and later on in the exhibition, one of the artist received an offer to place some of his artwork in a shop.
People involved got into the creepy spirit, with a range of characters from Zombies, dead dolls, zombie doctors, clowns, mental patients and many more.
Bleeding HeART Exhibition
One of the young organisers Lewis Buttery says: “I’ve been involved in organising two Fright Night events with Soft Touch already. With the help of a TMC Emerge Day grant of £500 we organised an alternative Valentine Day exhibition which gave young people from the Soft Touch ST-art group the opportunity to create artwork to sell and to create a special performance.
The group have put together a culmination of horror-themed works; including stencils and photographs with a dark love story to tie them together. In addition there were decorative love heart pieces on sale.
The overall exhibition was a success as the turnout was incredible, the public were amazed by the artwork and effort that had gone in to putting it together.