Wearing is known for her films and photographs, which explore our public personas and private lives. 'We Are Here' sees the artist return to the area in and around Sandwell where she grew up and features people from the West Midlands region speaking various monologues as if from the grave.
The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present a new single-screen video work by British artist Gillian Wearing.
Wearing is known for her films and photographs, which explore our public personas and private lives. We Are Here sees the artist return to the area in and around Sandwell where she grew up and features people from the West Midlands region speaking various monologues as if from the grave. The concept for We Are Here is taken from American poet Edgar Lee Masters’ book Spoon River Anthology (1915), where residents rise up from the grave to talk about their lives, losses, regrets and memories of Spoon River, a fictional small town named after the real Spoon River that ran close to the poet’s home town.
Gillian Wearing has shown extensively in the UK and across the world. Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997.
We Are Here is presented to The New Art Gallery Walsall by Outset Contemporary Art Fund and the Art Fund. With thanks to Maureen Paley, Shaun Regen and Tanya Bonakdar.
Stephen Snoddy, director of The New Art Gallery Walsall says “The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present the new single-screen video work by artist Gillian Wearing and thrilled that the artist will return to the local area in and around Sandwell where she grew up. Her new work features people from the West Midlands”
Candida Gertler, founder Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Director of Outset England:
"Outset Contemporary Art Fund is thrilled to support the production and presentation of Gillian Wearing’s film ‘We Are Here’. Through its subsequent donation to the permanent collection of the New Art Gallery Walsall we are delighted to take part in completing the life cycle of this work."
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the New Art Gallery in acquiring a landmark film by one of the country’s leading artists. It will be a significant addition to the gallery’s growing collection of moving image works.”
We Are Here will receive its London premiere at Maureen Paley, London from 13 October – 23 November 2014 and will also be shown at Regen Projects, Los Angeles from 12 December - January 2015.
Outset Contemporary Art Fund
Outset Contemporary Art Fund is a philanthropic organisation dedicated to supporting new art by bringing private funding from its patrons, partners and trustees to public museums and art projects. Since the inception of Outset England in 2003 the foundation has raised over £4.5 million and supported 107 international institutions and 183 artists. Outset benefits a wide range of institutions from grassroots to internationally established organisations through acquisitions, production, programming, education and capital campaigns. Projects are selected in consultation with a trusted network of curators from across the world. Outset patrons are a diverse group of individuals, comprising art enthusiasts, experienced collectors and professionals.
The Art Fund
The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art, helping museums to buy and show great art for everyone. Over the past 5 years we’ve given over £26m to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections and placed hundreds of gifts and bequests, from ancient sculpture and treasure hoards to Old Master paintings and contemporary commissions. We are independently funded, the majority of our income coming from over 100,000 members who, through the National Art Pass, enjoy free entry to over 220 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions.
The New Art Gallery Walsall is run and maintained by Walsall Council and also receives significant financial support from Arts Council England.
Image: Gillian Wearing, We Are Here (video still), 2014, colour video with sound, 21 minutues (c) Gillian Wearing, Courtesy Maureen Paley, London.
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Preview: Thursday 17 July 6-8pm
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