Ten outstanding contemporary artists have been chosen to take part in the Museums at Night 2013 Connect10 competition. The line-up includes Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, provocateurs Jake & Dinos Chapman, sculptor Richard Wentworth and celebrated Young British Artist Gavin Turk.
Connect10 is a national competition for cultural venues to win an artist-led event to be held as part of Museums at Night, the annual UK wide festival of arts, culture and heritage that sees hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. Museums at Night will place over the weekend of Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 May 2013.
Jake and Dinos Chapman said,
“We are overjoyed to be working with Museums at Night because they are kindly offering to host one of our sinister aberrations that might not otherwise seen the light of day. Off the top of our heads we’re thinking something involving industrial storage heaters in a waxworks museum or Night Vision Paintball in a cathedral. But if any participating institutions have a better idea we’re up for a discussion!”
The full list of artists taking part in the competition for 2013 is:
- Martin Creed, artist and musician who won the 2001 Turner Prize for Work No. 227: the lights going on and off.
- Jake and Dinos Chapman, irreverent Turner Prize nominees whose provocative sculptures were part of the infamous Young British Artist exhibitions Brilliant! and Sensation. They recently caused controversy by drawing on watercolours believed to have been painted by Hitler.
- Mat Collishaw, photographer and artist known for his hard-hitting images of beauty and cruelty, who has created adult zoetropes, photographed himself trying to catch fairies, and used phosphorescent paint to convey the brief lives of Victorian street children.
- Richard Wentworth, British sculpture and installation artist, curator and back in the day Damien Hirst’s teacher.
- Random International, digital artists and sculptors whose current astounding installation Rain Room at the Barbican invites visitors to walk through a ‘wet room’ yet not get wet!
- Gavin Turk, who created the travelling art circus House of Fairy Tales that has delighted families in unusual places ranging from literary festivals to Camp Bestival.
- Cullinan Richards, the sculpture and filmmaking partnership of Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards who work with fiction, personal histories and live performance.
- Susan Forsyth, London-based sculptor who creates large geometric works such as Wiff-Waff, an enormous gilded ping-pong table inviting visitors to play and make up their own rules.
- Julia Vogl, American creator of social sculpture, architectural interventions and colourful public engagement projects.
- Julian Wild, sculptor and creator of the Making the Connection communal sculpture construction project.
Connect10 is funded by Arts Council England to support cultural venues in the UK to try something different to attract new audiences to their Museums at Night event. The project was successfully piloted in 2012 when 28 venues took part in the competition and over 21,000 public votes were cast leading to events like Polly Morgan’s live taxidermy in Liverpool and Bompas & Parr’s Jelly Sea at Bristol’s ss Great Britain.
Any cultural or heritage venue in the UK can submit an idea. Forty will reach the final stage and a public vote in March 2013 will decide which artist appears where. In 2013 there will be a share of £35,000 available to pay for venues to work with artists to devise outstanding events.