Artangel today announced The Artangel Collection, a new initiative to bring 21 outstanding film and video works, commissioned and produced by Artangel over the past 20 years, to galleries and museums across the UK, and to commission new works in collaboration with Ikon, Birmingham and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The Artangel Collection comprises film and video installations by contemporary artists such as Francis Alÿs, Jeremy Deller, Atom Egoyan, Douglas Gordon, Tony Oursler, Paul Pfeiffer and Gregor Schneider.
As part of an innovative alliance between Artangel and Tate, and to mark the 20th anniversary of James Lingwood and Michael Morris becoming Co‐Directors of Artangel, nine existing bodies of work will be donated to Tate by Artangel and the artists. They will join the seven Artangel‐commissioned works already held in Tates exceptional collection of film and video work to form The Artangel Collection at Tate. From 2012, Artangel plans to develop with Tate a wider network of galleries and museums based outside London to which works from the Collection would be loaned.
Two new regional partners, Ikon, Birmingham and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, will join Artangel to co‐commission five major new works. The first two of these will premiere at two of Europes most important festivals this year; Yael Bartanas Lying In State, at the 54th Venice Biennale opening in June 2011, and Anri Sala and Šejla Kamerićs 1395 Days without Red premiering at the Whitworth Art Gallery as part of Manchester International Festival in July 2011. Subject to the agreement with the artists, in five years time, the new commissions will be offered to Tate.
Michael Morris and James Lingwood, Co‐Directors of Artangel said:
Over the past two decades, weve been fortunate to collaborate closely with a range of remarkable artists whose powerful visions have set a new benchmark in film and video. We want their work to be seen as broadly as possible and under the best available conditions. Thanks to the generosity of those artists, the funders of this timely initiative and the creative energy of our new co-commissioning partners, the Collection will allow Artangel to spread its wings even more widely.
Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England said:
The Artangel Collection represents a new chapter in the presentation of film and video work. It is this spirit of greater collaboration that will enable arts organisations to reach more people with the very best contemporary art; and present it in a way that is befitting of the work itself. This project is setting new ground, and we look forward to seeing the benefits for artists, audiences and galleries across the country.
Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate said:
Artangel has consistently brought into being extraordinary works by contemporary artists. We are delighted that Artangel will be collaborating with Ikon and the Whitworth Art Gallery to produce new works and that James Lingwood and Michael Morris have announced they will donate to Tate film and video works commissioned by Artangel over the last two decades. This most generous and imaginative gesture would ensure that these remarkable works of art could be enjoyed by generations to come and would be made available for loan to galleries in the UK and beyond.
The Artangel Collection is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Notes to Editor
Anri Sala and Šejla Kamerić’s project is commissioned by Artangel with Manchester International Festival, The Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Fundaçió Museu D’Art Contemprani de Barcelona (MACBA), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), enabled by Han Nefkens, H+F patronage, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Arts Council England, European Cultural Foundation, Film Fund Sarajevo, Marian Goodman Gallery (New York), Hauser & Wirth (London & Zurich). Co‐produced by Artangel and SCCA/pro.ba.
Details on 1395 Days without Red are being announced at the Manchester International Festival launch on 17 March 2011 in Manchester.
Yael Bartana’s Lying In State is commissioned by Artangel; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark); The Ostrovsky Foundation; Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Zacheta Gallery of Modern Art, Warsaw in association with ACCA – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Ikon, Birmingham; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Irit Sommet Gallery, Tel Aviv. Produced by My‐I Productions in association with Artangel.
Artangel commissions and produces exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists and this year celebrates 20 years of Michael Morris and James Lingwood as its Co‐Directors. Over the past two decades, the projects have materialised in a range of different sites and situations and in countless forms of media, from film and video to sculpture and sound installations. Artangel has generated some of the most talked‐about, contentious and acclaimed art of recent times, including work by Francis Alÿs, Matthew Barney, Jeremy Deller, Douglas Gordon, Roni Horn, Michael Landy, Brian Eno, Gregor Schneider, Robert Wilson, Rachel Whiteread, Roger Hiorns and Susan Philipsz. http://www.artangel.org.uk/
Tate is a public institution owned by, and existing for, the public. Tate’s mission is to increase public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art through the Collection and an inspiring programme in and well beyond our galleries. Tate is a family of four galleries: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It also has a presence on the web – Tate Online. Tate is responsible for the national Collections of British art and of international art from 1900. In addition to presenting a programme in Tate’s galleries, Tate works closely with arts organisations nationally and internationally through a collaborative programme of loans and tours. http://www.tate.org.uk/
The Whitworth Art Gallery, part of The University of Manchester, is home to internationally renowned collections of modern art, textiles, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculpture. Created in 1908 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth is now to be transformed by a £12 million development, including £8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A new extension and refurbishments to the current building will double the size of the public space and double the artworks on display as well as adding an art garden, learning studios and café. The project connecting the Whitworth to its park and community will be completed in autumn 2013. www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth
From Ikon’s beginnings in a small kiosk in Birmingham’s Bullring, its reputation for innovation, internationalism and excellence has developed over 40 years. Now housed in the neo‐gothic Oozells Street School, Ikon has an artistic programme consisting of three interdependent strands; the gallery, an off‐site programme and a Learning programme. www.ikon‐gallery.co.uk
Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, it supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts. Arts Council England has supported Artangel’s programme since the early 1990s, and is funding the Artangel Collection through its Grants for the Arts programme. http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation was established in 1961 by Ian Fairbairn as a memorial to his wife Esmée. Today it is one of the largest independent grant‐making foundations in the UK. Its aim is to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK both now and in the future. The foundation funds the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. They like to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan. They also take initiatives themselves, where new thinking is required or where they believe there are important unexplored opportunities. www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk