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Nation’s favourite British artworks revealed in Samsung Frame TV study

Posted on July 26th, 2017 in Taylor Herring News,Technology PR.

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LONDON, 26th July 2017: Street artist Banksy has been ranked ahead of the likes of Turner and Constable with his Balloon Girl ranked the nation’s favourite British artwork in a new study which shines a spotlight on our ever-changing tastes in art.

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The Art Audit was commissioned to mark the launch of The Frame – a ground-breaking new TV from Samsung which blends art and technology.

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The innovative screen seamlessly becomes a piece of art when not being used, with Art Mode offering over 100 specially curated built in pieces of art (with many more available for purchase), or the option to display your own cherished photography.

The mysterious Bristol street artist, who makes witty and profound social statements with his infamous stencils, topped the list of artistic greats with his 2002 work, in a UK-wide survey to get a better picture of the art which makes us tick. Constable’s The Hay Wain, which hangs in the National Gallery, was second.

The Frame National Art Audit tasked 2,000 British adults with voting for their favourite visual artworks from a shortlist drawn up by a panel of dedicated arts editors and writers.

The results see contemporary artists on a par with the old masters – pointing to an eclectic national taste that even allows for works which have been mass produced on an industrial scale.

The heavily reproduced The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano takes third position, whilst album artwork owned by millions is now considered fair game as decorative art, with record sleeves for The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Sex Pistols highly prized by the nation and figuring in the top 20.

The nation’s favourite Top 10 artworks by British artists are:

Banksy; Balloon Girl – 44%
John Constable; The Hay Wain – 33%
Jack Vettriano; The Singing Butler – 31%
JMW Turner; The Fighting Temeraire – 30%
Antony Gormley; The Angel of the North – 27%
L S Lowry; Going to the Match – 26%
John William Waterhouse; The Lady of Shalott – 26%
Peter Blake; Sgt Pepper album cover – 23%
Hipgnosis and George Hardie; Dark Side of the Moon album cover – 23%
George Stubbs; Mares and Foals – 22%

More than half the top 20 was drawn from works created in the 20th and 21st century, despite the riches stretching back across the preceding centuries.

Indeed, nearly a third of the works (30%) date from just the past 25 years.

The nation’s love of sculpture, public art and record sleeves meant that only half the top 20 works were traditional paintings or drawings. Installations by the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, despite commanding top dollar from collectors, failed to connect with the public and did not make the top 20.

Two female artists also appear in the top 20 with Bridget Riley’s Movement in Squares and Maggi Hambling’s Scallop reaching 15th and 18th place respectively.

The study found that more than eight in ten (86%) of those who display artworks in their home hang pictures as their primary source of home decoration, followed by family photographs (55%).

However, Brits should also be wary of what they display – the findings suggested that over seven in ten of us (73%) admit we judge people based on the art and pictures we see in their homes. With that in mind, one in five of those in the study (19%) said they have changed or hidden artwork when they had visitors for fear of what people may think.

The survey shows that more than two-fifths of us (42%) are funding the artists of today – and possibly the stars of tomorrow – by hanging original artworks in our homes. And the changing tastes in what constitute artworks are demonstrated by the number of people who say they hang record sleeves on their walls, with 38% saying they did so. The resurgence in vinyl sales over the past few years has been partly fuelled by buyers snapping up albums to display rather than play.

The survey also shows that landscapes are our most popular choice of visual art (60%) with photography (48%) and portraits (29%) close behind.

The home appears to be the place many people use to appreciate art – while almost three quarters of Brits say they have some form of artwork on their walls (70%), less than half have visited a gallery in the past year (46%). The pre-loaded art on the Samsung’s The Frame means Brits can enjoy art in their homes for no extra cost thanks to the TV’s 100 specially curated built-in works of art, or the option to display your own cherished photography.

 Robert King, VP of Consumer Electronics, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “It’s fascinating to lift the lid on the nation’s art tastes and also to get an idea of the changing nature of the way we consume artworks. Now we are taking another step in this evolution by transforming the TV screen into a gallery with the launch of The Frame. TVs are very much a focal point of our living spaces and this idea opens up a new way to view and display art in the heart of our homes. And unlike traditional artworks, you can change them at the press of a button to match your mood.”

 

 

 

A cliff-hanger with an edge: EE launch 4GEE Community Cinema Club

Posted on July 21st, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,Film PR,FMCG,Leisure PR,Mobile PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Technology PR.

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EE’s 4GEE Community Cinema Club brings the outdoor cinema experience to rural communities, all made possible by EE’s 80% coverage in the UK, as announced by the Managing Director of Marketing, Max Taylor. The first event saw rock climbers suspended on portaledge tents, hanging off the side of Gimmer Crag’s rockface in Cumbria – enough to make anyone put their popcorn down. With the power of 4G, these Die Hard film fans were able to screen BAFTA award-winning movies from over 500 metres above sea level.

For those of us that aren’t into the likes of K2 and North Face, EE is bringing the outdoor cinema experience to rural areas with a lower altitude across Wales, England and Scotland. A number of rural communities will be given a 4GEE Community Cinema Kit, containing a 4G WiFi device, wireless speakers, a projector and a movie streaming voucher, allowing communities to watch outdoor movies for the rest throughout the year.

EE has one final screening available and so film fanatics are encouraged to apply, with the chance of having the Cinema Club visit them in September. Aside from the winner, five runners up will receive 4GEE Community Cinema Kits.

So whether you’re rock climbing in Snowdonia, camping in the Scottish Highlands or just looking to host an al fresco movie night in the Lake District, EE’s 4GEE Community Club has proven you need not leave Netflix back home.

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Fake it until you make it: Look like an adventurous world traveller with the #DeltaDatingWall

Posted on June 9th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Entertainment Brands,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Technology PR,Tourism PR,Travel PR.

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Anyone who has used dating apps very quickly clocks onto certain tropes that repeat themselves across profiles of men and women alike. A woman riding on an elephant somewhere in Asia, another posed in front of the eternally romantic Eiffel Tower or alternatively perhaps a man standing proudly in front of the Taj Mahal. These pictures scream “I am cultured” or “I am so adventurous” in the hopes of upping their match ratio. But what about those of us with bank accounts full of nothing but student debt and money promised away to rent and bills. Those of us who dream of adventure but lack the means to turn it into a reality.

You have surely heard of the phrase “fake it until you make it” well Delta Airlines along with Tinder have teamed up to deliver just that with the #DeltaDatingWall. With their creative insight stemming from research that suggests that “world travellers are more likely to be swiped right” they have taken over two sides of a building in Brooklyn and decorated it with various backdrops of fabulous destinations. From the aforementioned Eiffel tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa budding singles can snap a phoney selfie or three to express their inner traveller to potential matches without an impact on their finances.

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Wieden + Kennedy New York, the agency behind the stunt, said that the campaign was inspired by how prominent travel pics are on dating profiles. The agency also uncovered the following titbits through research:

  • 62 percent of men and 74 percent of women want a partner who shares their travel interests
  • 1 in 2 singles say traveling is one of their favourite things to do
  • 1 in 2 singles say traveling to a new city to meet a date would be exciting
  • • 1 in 3 singles ranked travel as a top priority in 2017
  • • 57 percent of singles take 1+ vacations year
  • • 1 in 3 singles try to go somewhere different for vacation every time they travel

As part of the generation with a not-so-secret love of the selfie as well as a constant and unquenchable thirst for travelling I can certainly see the #DeltaDatingWall being a big hit with the young, single and broke. Unfortunately for us interested yet financially challenged Brits we would still need to travel to America to try it out and boost our dating profiles – better start saving!

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Sat-mad Brits are on the road to ruin

Posted on May 31st, 2017 in App PR,b2b creative PR,brand PR,branded content,Car PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,PR Stunt,publicity stunt agency,Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR,Technology PR,Uncategorized,Viral Video PR.

Brits are becoming less street-smart as new research reveals we spend over a whole day (29 hours) each year travelling either the long way or the wrong way to our destinations after relaying on electronic guides.

The study, specially commissioned by the new black cab app; mytaxi quizzed 2000 British drivers about their reliance on the gadgets which are now used by three-quarters (76%) of domestic motorists. Worryingly over half of Brits (52%) surveyed admitted they completely ‘switch off’ once the sat nav is leading the way and give little attention to road signs and landmarks.

Further findings reveal that Brits now find it almost impossible to escape the technology even when they aren’t driving – indeed, 83% of those surveyed regularly experience the use of sat navs when travelling as a passenger in a minicab.

The black cab app mytaxi have today release a hidden-camera prank video to highlight over reliance on sat nav devices.

A minicab was rigged with micro-cameras in an experiment to see how far Londoners would be prepared to travel with a sat nav obsessed driver.

In the video tempers of passengers reached boiling point as the driver stubbornly followed the satnav despite their protestations.

Since going live on mytaxi’s social media channels, the video has racked up a massive 500k views

Andy Jones, General Manager, UK, at mytaxi, said: “Sat nav technology is undoubtedly a huge help to many people but it is certainly not flawless and the results can be both frustrating and comical, as evidenced by the number of misadventures seen in the film. We are proud to say that all mytaxi drivers have spent three years studying for the Knowledge memorising over 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks. There really is no substitute to real local knowledge when it comes to navigating through traffic and finding the quickest routes to a destination.”

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A WATCHed MODEL NEVER MOVES: New Bus Stop Ad for Samsung Gear S3 Comes to Life

Posted on April 27th, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,FMCG,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Technology PR.

Tech giants Samsung join the long list of companies branching out into the interactive outdoor ad to promote the new Samsung Gear 3 smartwatch.

There have been several bus stop advertising stunts done over the past few years including, ones with USB charging ports for your phone in the US, ones that dispense sunscreen, promoting cancer awareness, in Australia and now Samsung has added their name to the ranks with a rather sexy instalment in Tel Aviv.

The billboard at first glance appears to be the classic ‘hunky male model in a fancy suit’ advertising the latest luxury timepiece. That is however, until the model comes to life via livestream and interacts with the waiting passengers at the bus stop, while showing off some of the features on the new Gear 3. With a combination of reactions from shock to amusement the smouldering model certainly perked up those who discovered his secret with one man even being allowed to swap places with him in a secret hidden studio.

The interactive digital ad is a popular medium for today’s brands to deliver their message to consumers with several companies using this method to shock, inform or just make you laugh, it is certainly engaging and in Samsung’s case clever and charming.

If only all our morning commutes could be brightened up with some fun advertising.

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