Jake Chapman, Museums at Night and the Exquisite Corpse

A picture story of Jake Chapman and the making of a mass exquisite corpse for the Museums at Night festival at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

The public arrive. It all started with Jake and Dino’s playing a game together. The Exquisite Corpse. Inspired by the Surrealists. An edition in b/w and loaned to the Jerwood for the event. On the floor for the night a pile of huge paper ready for the audience to play their own game. Without any encouragement, the energy levels rise and the paper gets taken. Each group take a fold then turns over and passes it on. The room is buzzing. Many pencils need sharpening. The final fold and the drawing is over. Time for the judging. Jake and the curator make a shortlist. The finalists are laid out on the floor. A winner is chosen. The lucky crew are on a promise of a studio visit and a night out with the brothers. Thank you Jake,  the Jerwood and Culture24.

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Museums at Night on board the Cutty Sark


If you haven’t been on the Cutty Sark  yet, do it now.

I got my chance last night as I gave a speech in the huge vaulted space that is underneath the ship to mark the launch of our 2013 Museums at Night festival.  I was standing below the hull which is suspended over you like a vast golden whale and it really is a breath-taking experience.

It was also a brilliant, brilliant evening and it was great to see so many colleagues and friends all sharing the love for this magnificent vessel and for our campaign.

The Museums at Night festival is all about doing something different. By opening late and doing something different, you can attract different people. It is all about the experience. Creating a unique moment that is much more than money can buy. In 2013 this might be joining the Chapman Brothers at the Jerwood in their home town of Hastings to take part in what the surrealists called an ‘exquisite corpse’ – a drawing that is passed on, without looking, from person to person. It might be a taking part in a 1920’s murder mystery in Somerset  or sleeping over on the Golden Hynde or even (for the 1st time ever) in Kensington Palace or Hampton Court.

2013 will be the 5th festival Culture24 have run. The first was in 2008, had 55 events and came together in just 9 weeks. Now it is a part of the cultural calendar and is earning its place in the hearts of the public.  It exploits the best of what Culture24 does: our publishing platform, website and editorial expertise, the active network of thousand and thousands of UK venues, our marketing skills, our PR contacts, our understanding of what is it that people love about arts & heritage.

This year there are more author’s events than ever before plus of course the 10 highlight events where an artists has created a special event at a specific venue who won them in an online vote by over 30,000 people.

These include:

  • Julian Wild helping people construct a new art work out of ½ km of plumbing pipe and then turning it into a glow in the dark abstract installation at Iron Bridge in Telford
  • Julia Vogl building a chandelier from 2,500 recycled bottles in the great hall of the Discovery Centre in Newcastle
  • Susan Forsyth conducting a group of volunteer members of the public in a singing procession through Rochdale ending with a performance at the Pioneers Museum
  • The Random International Collective staging the UK début of a new interactive light installation at the Horniman Museum (which is going to be very cool).

Last night, in true Museums at Night spirit, we put on something special for everyone by way of performer and actress Joyce Falconer who gave a unique rendition and interpretation of the famous Robert Burns poem ‘Tam-o-Shanter’   from which this ship derives its name.

And how Tam stood, like ane bewitch’d,
And thought his very een enrich’d;
Even Satan glowr’d, and fidg’d fu’ fain,
And hotch’d and blew wi’ might and main;
Till first ae caper, syne anither,
Tam tint his reason ‘ thegither,
And roars out, “Weel done, Cutty-sark!”
And in an instant all was dark:
And scarcely had he Maggie rallied,
When out the hellish legion sallied.

I feel well and truly connected now to my seafaring ancestors (yes really) but only wish we could have sailed her down the Thames and round to Brighton!

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“Join the Art Party” Connect10 needs you!

We are all very excited at Culture24 to be announcing the line-up of artists taking part in Connect10, a competition for cultural venues in the UK to win an artist-led event and a share of £7,000.

IMAGE: Bob & Roberta Smith, Join The Art Party, 2011.

The competition will match 10 contemporary artists with 10 museums and galleries for a series of unique events to be held as part of Museums at Night, the annual after-hours celebration of arts and heritage, which takes place over the weekend of 18-20 May 2012.

The 10 artists announced for Connect10 are:

Claire Barclay, futuristic Scottish sculptor whose carefully balanced installations have been exhibited in Tate Britain and Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery
Bompas & Parr, the jellymongers, who create spectacular culinary experiences ranging from architectural jellies to lakes of cocktails
Ryan Gander, provocative installation artist whose Artangel commission in a Hoxton warehouse provided clues for visitors to solve a mystery
Jon McGregor, award-winning novelist and short story writer, author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even The Dogs
Polly Morgan, contemporary taxidermist whose poignant installations have been collected by Kate Moss
Terry O’Neill, fashion and rock photographer renowned for iconic images of Hollywood stars and bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones
Martin Parr, documentary photographer whose pictures tell stories of leisure, consumption and communication
Simon Roberts, landscape photographer who spent a year crossing Russia and was Official Artist of the 2010 General Election
Bob & Roberta Smith, sign-painter and installation artist who uses text on recycled signs and floorboards
Susan Stockwell, creator of installations, drawings and films commenting on globalisation and colonisation, often using recycled materials

In order to pitch for the artists, venues need to find a connections between their location or collections and the work of one of the artists.

So… if you are a venue you have until Tuesday 31 January 2012 to pitch an exciting Museums at Night event idea involving your chosen artist to Culture24 using this online form.

Culture24 will then select the two or three event ideas for each of the 10 artists, and open them up to an online public vote. Each successful venue will receive a £500 bursary for their event, and those selected venues that don’t win an artist will still receive £100 to support an alternative Museums at Night event.