V is for value: share your artwork now

V is for value: share your artwork now

For this month’s project, Dr Fiona Bradley at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh invites you to share your art on the theme of value

Jac Leirner, Leveled Spirit, 2017. Photo Ruth Clark
 Jac Leirner, Leveled Spirit, 2017. Photo Ruth Clark Photograph: Ruth Clark

Value in art is a much-contested notion. Artists engage with things that are hard to put a value on; ideas, ideals, beauty, challenge and protest. Yet the art market does just that, with some works of art selling for bafflingly astronomical sums, often long after the artist themselves is in a position to benefit from the sale, while others seem puzzlingly to have no value at all.

I’m interested, though, in the value that the attention of an artist confers on things in the world – the way in which art can make us look differently, or properly, at things. This can work in a number of ways, from Mark Wallinger’s State Britain, which made us confront anew the atrocities of contemporary conflict and the value of the individual in protesting against our own government’s role in it, to Phyllida Barlow’s Upturned Houses, which plunder the seemingly valueless materials of the street to help us understand the precariousness of modern life.

At The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh at the moment we have an exhibition of the work of Jac Leirner, a Brazilian artist whose work is all about conferring value on objects that we all know, but rarely notice. Making art from rulers and spirit levels, bank notes and cigarette papers, she brings out the beauty in the everyday. She’s an artist who believes that objects can be experienced as art not simply because she says so, but because they say so. She knows that simple objects – things that she collects just as we all collect them – have important, valuable stories to tell. Her work helps them do that.

Jac Leirner’s Add It Up exhibition is featured at The Fruitmarket Gallery until 22 October

How to share your artwork

Share an image of your artwork via GuardianWitness by clicking the blue “contribute” button on this page, or via the Android or iPhone app. If you have any problems, email us at [email protected]

We’ll feature some of our favourite submissions on the Guardian’s art and designsite. By sending us your pictures you a) acknowledge that you have created the pictures or have permission to do so and b) grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, free licence to publish your pictures as described. Copyright resides with you, and you may reuse your pictures however you wish. Read our full terms and conditions.

Don’t worry if they don’t appear immediately – everything has to be approved before it can be featured in our online gallery. Do tell us in the comments if there are any improvements we could make to the series.