Pallant House Gallery looks forward to London 2012 with a series of events, exhibitions and projects inspired by the London Olympic year:
Bouke de Vries Stairwell installation (from June 2012)
The history of the site of the Olympic Park is remembered in a new ceramic installation by contemporary artist Bouke de Vries commissioned by Pallant House Gallery.
Pallant House Gallery has commissioned ceramic artist Bouke de Vries to create an installation in the eighteenth century stairwell using the Gallery's collection of Bow porcelain to mark the 300th anniversary of Pallant House. The Collection of porcelain is the most comprehensive record of the output of the Bow factory which was originally situated on the site of the Olympic Park in the eighteenth century, consisting of over 300 key examples produced between the years 1747 and 1776. De Vries joins the line-up of contemporary artists commissioned to produce a work for the stairwell which includes Susie MacMurray, Spencer Finch, Nina Saunders and Paul Huxley. The new work will be unveiled in June and will be a key part of the 300th anniversary celebrations.
Peter Blake and Pop Music (23 June to 7 October 2012)
A major exhibition to celebrate the 80th birthday of the godfather of Pop Art, British painter Sir Peter Blake focusing on his close connections with music and culture, in the London 2012 Olympic year.
Sir Peter Blake has been closely linked with pop music since the 1950s: Not only has he painted images inspired by his musical heroes such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Bo Diddley but he has also worked closely with major British musicians and bands including Oasis, The Who and Eric Clapton to create some of the most iconic album covers of the last 50 years. This major exhibition, timed to mark the artist's 80th birthday, draws on the extensive collection of British Pop Art at Pallant House Gallery and will feature loans from public and private collections across the UK.
Olympic Posters, Garden Gallery (from June 2012)
An exhibition of iconic Olympic posters from the 1972 Munich Games, created by David Hockney, Peter Phillips, RB Kitaj and others in the Garden Gallery of Pallant House Gallery.
Produced to ‘represent the intertwining of sports and art worldwide', this series of artistic posters with strong individual designs created by the great Pop Artists of the day, such as David Hockney, Allen Jones and Max Bill formed the basis of the first Olympic advertising campaign. In the year of the London 2012 Games, this exhibition shows a selection of these posters as part of the Gallery's Olympic celebrations.
Outside In: London, CGP London and Outside In: National (from August 2012)
Two exhibitions celebrating the work of non-traditional artists launched to coincide with the London Paralympic Games.
Since the early 20th Century, the terms Art Brut or Outsider Art have been employed to describe those individuals who produce art from the edges of society. This ground-breaking biannual open entry arts exhibition showcases the work of artists who might otherwise have little or no contact with the institutions of the mainstream art world and invites debate on the often controversial subject of Outsider Art. Outside In: London (15 August - 9 September 2012) will focus on work by five artists living within Greater London and Outside In: National (27 Oct 2012 to 3 Feb 2013) will draw on submissions from throughout the UK. The exhibition at Pallant House Gallery will be accompanied by a season of exhibitions celebrating Outsider and Self- taught artists including Jean Dubuffet and Scottish self-taught artist Pat Douthwaite.
Gold Run (April to October 2012)
The controversial history of the Paralympics Games is the focus of a powerful new commission and partnership arts project between Pallant House Gallery, Glyndebourne and Carousel.
Gold Run is an artistic response in music, film and visual art to the compelling story of the return of learning-disabled athletes into the Paralympic Games following a 12 year ban. Created and performed by artists with learning and physical disabilities, Gold Run premiered on Glyndebourne's main stage (1 April 2012) and will tour to Brighton Corn Exchange (21 May 2012) and Chichester Festival Theatre (30 October 2012). Following the productions, Outside In artist James Lake will be mentored by Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Wilson to convert the piece into a digital installation called Gold Run: Remix which will premiere at Dilston Grove, London (3-9 September) alongside the Outside In: London exhibition organized by Pallant House Gallery before touring to Lightbox, Woking and other venues nationally.