Billboard is a project by artist collective Cypher, that seeks to commission artists to produce responsive site-specific artworks for a billboard space in Bounds Green, London. The site hopes to challenge conventions of display, and act as a launch-pad for generating conversations, through a series of satellite events and workshops. It provides an alternative space and framework for developing new work, holding its own rules and limitations as well as freedoms and extensions.
The Billboard project, situated publically, seeks to engage wider audiences than those often received within gallery walls. Artists are asked to contribute to developing a corresponding events programme to run along-side their exhibition. Events may take any number of forms, such as that of a meal, book club, artist talk, discussion group, screening, or performance. Cypher are also working towards a series of artist-led workshops with locally-based Trinity @ Bowes Youth Club.
Based between Berlin and London, Cypher is an artist-led initiative focused on critical feedback of new works. It began in November 2015 as a weekly group critique meeting and has since evolved into a project space and migrating visual arts programme, through which artists are invited to present new works. The Cypher project space is located in Berlin, Wilsnackerstrasse 61. In October 2016 Cypher hosted an exhibition entitled 'Backdrop' as part of Art Licks Weekend - the first of many on-going projects based in London.