This summer, Quay Arts invites visitors to explore work by Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed. The exhibition will show eight signature pieces by Creed, who won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his controversial Work No.227 The lights going on and off. Creed’s work often surprises and challenges us on the nature of contemporary art and twists our expectations with humour, repetition and, often, impulsive works. He is renowned for his straightforward approach to making art, often using simple materials to create sculptures, installations, drawings, films, music and text.
The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund. The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its sixth year, is showing at 18 museums and galleries across the UK in 2014. The tour is made possible thanks to the support of Arts Council England and the Art Fund.
Through Quay Arts’ involvement in the internationally renowned IW Music Festival, Creed’s work will have the opportunity to touch new audiences through his music as well as his visual art.
Quay Arts have also been able to borrow a wall painting, Work No. 1340 from the artist and Hauser & Wirth, which has been created in the gallery by Young Quay based on a detailed set of instructions written by Martin which form the work. Young Quay are Quay Arts’ youth group (ages 14-17) who have been working closely with Quay Arts’ Visual Arts Team to explore and investigate Creed’s work, as well as having the opportunity to visit Creed’s first major survey at the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank earlier this year.
Martin Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield, and grew up in Glasgow. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and first came to prominence as an artist during the 1990s and has exhibited extensively worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions include Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2008), The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2010) and his first major survey held at the Hayward Gallery (2013). Creed also produced a piece of work commissioned to mark the opening of the London Olympics called Work No.1197: All The Bells, which consisted of all the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes at 8.12am on 27 July 2012.
ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international modern and contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.
To find out more information about ARTIST ROOMS On Tour please visit www.artfund.org/artistrooms.
To see the full ARTIST ROOMS collection please visit www.tate.org.uk/artistrooms and www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms
Exhibition continues till Sat 20 Sep
DON’T MISS… Creed Live Closing Party: Thu 18 Sep, 7.30 – 10.30pm
Join us for this special one-off closing event in the gallery with Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed and guest performers.
Image: Work No. 890: DON’T WORRY 2008 Yellow Neon, 20 inches / 50.8cm high
ARTIST ROOMS Installation at Hauser & Wirth, London, 2009.
Photo: Mike Bruce. Presented by the artist jointly to National Galleries of Scotland and Tate and acquired with assistance of the ARTIST ROOMS Endowment, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Tate Members