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YSP presents At Home, the first in a series of exhibitions curated from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners programme

18 Feb 2016

19 March 2016–17 July 2016
Bothy Gallery


Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) presents At Home, the first in a series of exhibitions curated from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners programme marking the Collection’s 70th anniversary. The exhibition highlights Arts Council Collection works of domestic scale within the Bothy Gallery and comprises pieces by artists including Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sophie Calle, Fiona Banner, Arman, Dan Graham, Paul Rooney, Roy Lichtenstein, Barbara Hepworth, Jordan Baseman, Robert Filliou, Bill Brandt, Jenny Holzer and Mark Wallinger. 

At Home relaunches the Bothy Gallery following its refurbishment, supported by Arts Council England and a significant public giving campaign. Once the home of the Head Gardener, the Bothy Gallery is a historic part of the Bretton Estate and was built around 1810. The exhibition references the gallery as former dwelling, but also the sense of YSP as a sanctuary for many and our continued work with hard-to-reach communities, including those who have made the region their home whether by choice or forced migration. 

Through the familiar threads of home and domestic objects, the exhibition shares over 40 works from 1937 to 2004 and reveals the shift in art over that period from the representational, such as Flowers Against Chintz (1956) by the Bloomsbury Group artist Duncan Grant, through to the powerful social commentary photography of Bill Brandt, to conceptual art and the appropriation of ‘ready-made’ objects as pioneered by Marcel Duchamp, evident in works such as My Glasses (1994) by Jonathan Monk. 

Intuition... Instead of a Cookbook (1968) by Joseph Beuys, recognised as one of the most important artists of the last century, reflects his profound philosophy that art could affect social change and that the simple act of cooking a meal could itself be considered an artistic process. The transformation of the everyday into the extraordinary through such process informs Darren Lago’s work based on a hairdryer, This is Not a Pipe (1996), in a knowing and playful reference to René Magritte’s famous painting Ceci n’est pas une pipe (1929) and its message that the artwork was canvas and paint, not the thing it represented. The tendency to overlay objects with meaning is further explored in Sophie Calle’s The Tie (1993) which is emblazoned with a poetic text about a man she met and the tie he wore.

The exhibition offers the first opportunity to experience Flat 23 (2002) by Paul Rooney, a three-part film and sound work in which the former resident of a soon-to-be demolished flat lists the objects that used to be in her home. This relates to Seizure (2008/2013) by Roger Hiorns, an extraordinary crystal-covered flat first created in a condemned property in Elephant and Castle and removed and preserved by the Arts Council Collection. Seizure is on long-term loan to YSP where it is presented within an award-winning concrete structure, commissioned from Adam Khan Architects, near the Bothy Garden.

Notes to Editors
About the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary

The Arts Council Collection, the UK’s most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art, is celebrating its 70th anniversary during 2016. The celebrations include 8 new commissions that will go on display across the UK throughout 2016; two new touring exhibitions, Night in the Museum, curated by Ryan Gander, and Drawn from Life: People on Paper; and the National Partners programme, which will deepen the Collection’s longstanding relationship with key museums and galleries around the country and enable many more people to visit Collection exhibitions. The National Partners are the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Birmingham Museums Trust and The Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool alongside YSP. The programme will see 24 exhibitions over three years. More information about the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary celebrations can be found at artscouncilcollection.org.uk

About the Arts Council Collection
In a challenging economic landscape, the Arts Council Collection provides important artistic support to England’s gallery infrastructure, through its extensive loans programme, touring exhibitions and Select, a programme that invites galleries and museums to select exhibitions and displays from the Collection. It also provides curatorial support to a wide range of galleries and museums. With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, the National Partners fund will enable works from the Collection to be seen in new, imaginative displays, whilst celebrating England’s world class galleries. More about the National Partners Fund can be found online: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/media/uploads/Guidance-for-applicants_ACC_National-partners-fund.pdf

The Arts Council Collection began when the Arts Council of Great Britain was founded in 1946. It took over a small group of paintings from the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA) and its aim was to promote and encourage the appreciation of contemporary art through touring exhibitions. The Collection has continued to grow, acquiring innovative works each year and includes paintings, sculptures, original works on paper, prints, photographs, film and video and installation works.

The Collection includes important, often early, work by many of the most influential British artists from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Victor Pasmore, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Patrick Caulfield, Gilbert & George, Richard Hamilton, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Mark Wallinger, Peter Doig, Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Chris Ofili, Steve McQueen, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, Glenn Brown, Jeremy Deller, Keith Coventry, Roger Hiorns and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Since 1986 the Arts Council Collection has been managed by Southbank Centre, on behalf of Arts Council England. It is now based at Southbank Centre, London and at our Sculpture Centre at Longside in Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The centre at Longside enables the Arts Council Collection team to extend its sculpture conservation and research programmes and to increase public access to the sculpture collection through increased lending and exhibition initiatives. A diverse and stimulating range of exhibitions from the Collection, including displays of some of the most recent acquisitions, can be seen in the adjacent Longside Gallery, a unique space used on an alternating basis by the Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. artscouncilcollection.org.uk 

The Arts Council Collection in numbers
–The Collection was formed in 1946 and currently consists of nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists
–The Collection currently has over 550 works on long term loan to universities (including their libraries), medical research centres and charitable organisations throughout the UK
–Since 2012, 3,905 loans have been made to 327 venues representing 50% of the Collection
–Since 2005, 7,984 loans have been on public display

About Arts Council England 
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. artscouncil.org.uk 

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Donald Rodney, In the House of my Father, 1997. Courtesy the Arts Council Collection. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Damien Hirst, Relationships, 1991. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

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Yoko Ono, All White Chess Set, 1962-1970?Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist

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At Home installation view. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Chris Evans, Home Entertainment 4 metres, 2010. Courtesy the Arts Council Collection. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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At Home installation view. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Sophie Calle, The Tie, 1993. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist

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Marcus Taylor, Untitled (Upright Fridge), 1991 & Paul Rooney, Flat 23, 2002 both courtesy the Arts Council Collection. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Roger Hiorns, Seizure, 2008/13. Courtesy Arts Council Collection. Photo Nigel Roddis

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