Martin Creed, Gavin Turk and The Chapman Brothers line up for the Museums at Night 2013 Connect10 competition

By Culture24 Reporter | 13 December 2012
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Artist Martin Creed asked people across the country to ring in the Olympic Games earlier this year. The 2001 Turner Prize winner could be heading to a venue near you as part of Connect10© Chris Watt

Former Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, Camp Bestival favourite Gavin Turk and arch provocateurs The Chapman Brothers will join an "extraordinary" line-up of ten artists in the 2013 edition of the Museums at Night arts event programme, Connect10.

Sculptor Richard Wentworth and Random International – a group of digital artists currently inviting Barbican visitors to control rain – are also taking part in Connect10 during the Museums at Night annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage in May 2013.

Venues are now being challenged to “win” the artists by submitting a nocturnal event proposal.

Funded by Arts Council England and piloted to huge public interest last year, the campaign will offer a share of £35,000 to help each successful bid devise an event to remember.

Jake and Dinos Chapman said their initial ideas revolved around a "mass game of paintball" in a cathedral or a “motorcycle gauntlet” within a gallery.

Emerging as part of the Young British Artists movement during the 1990s, the pair lost out to Grayson Perry in the 2003 Turner Prize. They are currently courting controversy in Russia amid accusations of extremism after a display of their work in St Petersburg.

"We are overjoyed to be working with Museums at Night because they are kindly offering to host one of our sinister aberrations that might not otherwise have been allowed to see the light of day," they said in a typically mischevious statement.

“Off the top of our heads we're thinking along the lines of a live human Autopsy-Turvy involving radioactive isotopes and a fun game called Hunt the Spleen. But if any participating institutions have a better idea, we're up for a discussion."

Nick Stockman, the Campaigns Manager for organisers Culture24, said each venue  would suggest a “catalyst concept” for a programme designed to inspire audience participation.

“Connect10 brings artists, audiences and venues together to create unique events,” he explained.

“This year’s line-up is extraordinary – you can guarantee the events will be thought-provoking, exciting and unusual. But only culture-lovers can decide where they’ll be.”

Any cultural venue in the UK can submit an idea. Forty will reach the final stage, with a public vote making the final decision as to which artist appears where. Funds will also be provided to help all finalists who miss out organise another Museums at Night event.

More than 21,000 votes were cast by the public last year, resulting in the SS Great Britain floating on a sea of green jelly and a cameraman passing out after watching Polly Morgan’s live taxidermy in Liverpool.

Voting is expected to begin in February 2013.

  • Museums at Night is the annual after-hours festival that sees hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. It takes place over the weekend of Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 May 2013.

Full list of Connect10 artists:

  • Martin Creed artist and musician who won the 2001 Turner Prize for Work No. 227: the lights going on and off.
  • Richard Wentworth British sculpture and installation artist, curator and teacher.

  • Cullinan Richards the sculpture and filmmaking partnership of Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards, who work with fiction, personal histories and live performance.

  • Random International digital artists and sculptors who recently created the immersive Rain Room at the Barbican Art Gallery.

  • Gavin Turk who created the travelling art circus House of Fairy Tales which has delighted families in unusual places ranging from literary festivals to Camp Bestival.

  • The Chapman Brothers irreverent Turner Prize nominees whose provocative sculptures were part of the infamous Young British Artist exhibitions Brilliant! and Sensation. They recently caused controversy by drawing on watercolours believed to have been painted by Hitler.

  • Susan Forsyth London-based sculptor who creates large geometric works such as Wiff-Waff, an enormous gilded ping-pong table inviting visitors to play and make up their own rules.

  • Julia Vogl creator of social sculpture, architectural interventions and colourful public engagement projects.

  • Julian Wild sculptor and creator of the Making the Connection communal sculpture construction project.

  • Mat Collishaw photographer and artist known for his hard-hitting images of beauty and cruelty, who has created adult zoetropes, photographed himself trying to catch fairies, and used phosphorescent paint to convey the brief lives of Victorian street children.

The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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