19 March – 19 June 2011
Pallant House Gallery is delighted to present a selection of works celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Golder - Thompson Gift, a portfolio of over 150 contemporary prints presented to the Gallery over the last ten years by Dr Mark Golder and Mr Brian Thompson. The exhibition will pay tribute to this unique model of collecting as well as providing a comprehensive overview of recent developments in printmaking across the UK.
The Gift began by concentrating on works on paper from Scotland but has now grown and features work from Wales, Northern Ireland, and international artists working in England. Established artists such as John Byrne, John Bellany, Peter Houson and Elizabeth Blackadder feature alongside a newer generation of Scottish artists such as Katy Dove, Jessica Harrison and Scott Myles.
Mark Golder and Brian Thompson began their support of the Gallery in 2001 by providing an annual purchasing fund dedicated to the acquisition of works on paper supplemented with further gifts of work from their own collection. The pair's generosity has enabled Pallant House Gallery to expand the breadth of its collection of contemporary prints by British artists, providing a complementary counterpoint to the permanent collection of Modern British Art.
For Golder and Thompson, prints provide a practical and democratic solution to collecting art relatively inexpensively. Their choices have been guided by personal preference but also by working together with curatorial staff to fill in key gaps in the Collection such as the portfolio of Scottish women and contemporary Welsh printmakers.
Displayed over three rooms, ‘A Passion for Prints' is the largest single exhibition of the portfolio to date. It will offer a comprehensive insight into the collection and the various interests that have made up Golder and Thompson's lives as print collectors. Works from the Glasgow Print Studio and Edinburgh Printmakers, and Scottish works acquired from other print studios and galleries will be displayed in Rooms15 and 16, while Room 17 will show work from artists in England, Wales and Ireland.