VOTERS in the region have beaten off competition from around the country to bring an international artist to one of Newcastle’s top museums.
Discovery Museum has won the chance to host a visit in May by British-American artist Julia Vogl who’ll be leading an arts project there to explore our shipbuilding heritage. The national Connect10 competition had museums and galleries competing for an opportunity to host one of 10 possible projects run by high-profile artists. There were more than 30,000 votes cast in the competition, part of the annual Museums at Night initiative which promotes late opening across the country and links with our popular Late Shows.
Discovery Museum beat rival venues in Bristol, Gloucester and Scarborough to secure Vogl – known for her colourful sculptures – and her project will create a large-scale “participatory” installation, inviting Late Shows visitors to use donated vessels to reflect the migration story of Tyneside, which is to be the subject of a permanent gallery opening later in the year.
The Connect10 short-list featured three Newcastle venues, each competing for a different artist, but while The Old Assembly House on Westgate Road and Northern Print, in the Ouseburn, weren’t among the winners, the latter still intends to host work by preferred artist Mat Collishaw.
That artist’s home city of Nottingham won but Northern Print, which came second, plans to use its £200 runner-up prize money to mount an exhibition of work by Collishaw, a founder of the Britart movement, with Damien Hirst, Sam Taylor-Wood, Tracey Emin and others.
In 2010 his 3D zoetrope was a stand-out feature of the Extraordinary Measures exhibition at Belsay Hall in Northumberland.
Insecticides, to be shown from May 8 to June 1, comprises prints featuring deconstructed moths and butterflies.
Museums at Night runs from May 16-18. Ahead of Vogl’s arrival, Discovery Museum will explain on its website how people can help by donating clear plastic bottles.
Museum manager Hazel Edwards says: “We always have a fantastic weekend with the Late Shows so this year will have an added dash of excitement!”