Every two years, an artist represented in Tate's collection is invited to become the Tate Members commissioned artist.
Martin Creed for Tate Members
We are delighted that Turner-prize winning artist Martin Creed accepted the 2015–17 commission.
Martin Creed has produced a suite of colourful new works for the commission that have been used to create a new collectable membership welcome pack. Creed has also taken over the Members Room at Tate Modern, covering every wall and ceiling surface with a series of different wall paintings.
Further new works are featured on membership cards and across materials sent to Members.
Creed has a long association with Tate. He won the Turner Prize in 2001, exhibiting Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, which has since been acquired for the Tate collection. His Work No.850 saw athletes sprinting through the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.
To me, the main problem is that life is difficult. The most common feeling, to me, is a bad feeling and I go to work to try and not feel like that. So anything I can do to make my life better, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, is really worth trying to do. That’s all I’m trying to do, is to make my life better…colours help, they make me happy.
His work will feature on membership material from October 2015 to 2017.
The role our Members play
Over the last 57 years, Tate Members have made a remarkable difference and helped Tate acquire over 500 important works for the collection and, as a thank you, Tate would like to give you a little something back.
This unique commission was conceived as a way of recognising and celebrating the vital support Tate Members provide to the four Tate galleries – a remarkable £10.8 million in the last year alone.
Previous artist commissions
Art and artists are at the centre of everything we do and we hope you enjoy exploring Martin Creed’s work.
Fiona Rae talks about her artist commission 2011–13.