Nationwide contemporary art exhibition announced for Scotland in 2014

By Jenni Davidson | 21 May 2013

A major nationwide art exhibition for Scotland has been announced to coincide with the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art© Courtesy National Galleries of Scotland
GENERATION will feature the best contemporary art from the past 25 years by Scottish artists and artists whose work has been shaped by Scotland.

A mixture of new and existing artworks will be shown at more than 50 venues across the country, from the Borders to Orkney and the Western Isles.

There will also be major exhibitions at all of the National Galleries of Scotland sites, as well as Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and Tramway.

Along with the exhibitions, there will be programme of public events with a particular focus on inspiring young people to become artists and to appreciate art.

It is expected to be one of the largest celebrations of contemporary art ever put together by a single country.

“Scotland has an excellent record for producing visual art that is inspiring, thought-provoking and which prompts international acclaim,” said Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.

“GENERATION will be an ambitious, national celebration which will see museums and galleries all over the country come together to showcase the very best of Scottish contemporary art, making it accessible to as wide an audience as possible.”

Among the artists already named for GENERATION are David Shrigley, Lorna MacIntyre, Toby Paterson, Ross Sinclair and Cathy Wilkes.

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow from July 23 - August 3 2014. GENERATION will run between June and October.

Glasgow is internationally known for its contemporary art and has been home to a number of Turner Prize winners and nominees.

The full programme of artists and events will be announced later this year.
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