Tuesday, 24 November 2015
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, with MFA graduate Stephen Sutcliffe and Graham Eatough (in partnership with LUX) have won the Contemporary Art Society Award 2015. Sutcliffe and Eatough will create a film based on the first and last chapters of Anthony Burgess’ Enderby novels, premiering for the centenary of the author’s birth in 2017.
The £40,000 prize, generously supported by the Sfumato Foundation, is one of the country’s highest value contemporary art awards and this year was presented by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA).
The commissioned two-part film will explore the cultural figure of ‘the artist’, and ideas of authenticity and posterity through theatrical performances and filmic collage. It will contrast the idea of the artist as remembered culturally with the nervousness and uncertainty of the actual lived experience, a recurring theme in both Sutcliffe and Eatough’s work. Burgess, best known (to his distaste) for his novel A Clockwork Orange, was himself preoccupied with how artists are remembered and the Enderby novels deal with these themes throughout.
Monday, 23 November 2015
Friday, 9 October 2015
The British Art Show is a national touring exhibition that provides a vital overview of some of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the UK. Organised by Hayward Touring at Southbank Centre, London, and taking place every five years, it introduces a broad public to a new generation of artists. After opening in Leeds Art Gallery, British Art Show 8 will tour to multiple venues across Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton over the course of 15 months
Åbäke, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Caroline Achaintre, John Akomfrah & Trevor Mathison, Aaron Angell, Pablo Bronstein, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Andrea Büttner, Alexandre da Cunha, Nicolas Deshayes, Benedict Drew, Simon Fujiwara, Martino Gamper, Ryan Gander, Melanie Gilligan, Anthea Hamilton, Will Holder, Alan Kane, Mikhail Karikis, Linder, Rachel Maclean, Ahmet Öğüt (with Liam Gillick, Susan Hiller, Goshka Macuga), Yuri Pattison, Ciara Phillips, Charlotte Prodger, Laure Prouvost, Magali Reus, James Richards, Eileen Simpson & Ben White, Daniel Sinsel, Cally Spooner, Patrick Staff, Imogen Stidworthy, Hayley Tompkins, Jessica Warboys, Stuart Whipps, Bedwyr Williams, Jesse Wine, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
The curators: Anna Colin is co-founder and co-director of Open School East and Associate Curator at Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris. Lydia Yee is Chief Curator at Whitechapel Gallery.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, featuring essays by the curators and roundtable discussions with artists including Andrea Büttner, Ryan Gander, Patrick Staff and Ciara Phillips.
Image: Charlotte Prodger
Touring dates and venues:
9 October 2015–10 January 2016
Leeds Art Gallery
13 February–8 May 2016
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh
24 June–4 September 2016
Norwich University of the Arts and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
8 October 2016–14 January 2017
John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton and Southampton City Art Gallery