Sat, 04 Feb 2017 - Sun, 23 Apr 2017
Curated by Bluecoat Artistic Director Bryan Biggs, the exhibition Public View brings together works by 100 artists who have previously exhibited at Bluecoat. This is but a small sample of the many hundreds of artists who have shown here. However, it aims to reflect something of Bluecoat’s curatorial interests and distinctiveness over this period.
From the Post-Impressionists in 1911 to showcases of the next generation of artists like the recent Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Bluecoat has developed a reputation as an important regional venue for new art. For over a century our gallery has helped launch many artists’ careers, initiated and hosted significant UK and international touring exhibitions, and been at the forefront of new developments in the visual arts, while nurturing the local artists’ community.
There is a wide range of work included – paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, videos – many of them previously exhibited in the gallery, some re-made especially for the show, and others completely new.
Many of our artistic alumni are generously donating their work in the exhibition, or another work, to a fundraising auction to be held later this year that will help ensure Bluecoat continues its support for artists.
John Akomfrah / Conrad Atkinson / David Blandy / Sonia Boyce / Pete Clarke / Cornford & Cross / Adam Dant / Jeremy Deller / Sokari Douglas Camp / Bill Drummond / Nina Edge / Alec Finlay / Leo Fitzmaurice / Susan Hefuna / Adrian Henri / Lubaina Himid / John Hyatt / Peter Kennard / Mark Leckey / Hew Locke / Elizabeth Magill / Jacqueline Morreau / Paul Morrison / Yoko Ono / Paul Rooney / Imran Qureshi / Lesley Sanderson / Peter Saville / Yinka Shonibare / The Singh Twins / Padraig Timoney / Tom Wood