Art Everywhere reveals top ten as Britain's billboards prepare for a fortnight of fine art

By Culture24 Reporter | 08 August 2013

Art Everywhere, the roadside exhibition which will give advertising board prominence to artworks chosen by public vote, has announced the paintings selected to appear in cities, towns and villages across Britain this month.

A photo of an oil painting of a woman in a white dress floating down a river on a boat
John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott (1888)© Tate
John Singer Sargent’s Gassed, a grim depiction of a mustard gas attack during World War I, is among the more surprising choices on a list making space for 23 contemporary works. Lowry, Whistler, Gainsborough, Freud, Emin and Hirst all traverse the gamut of national art history.

Beatles collaborator Sir Peter Blake launched the show on a giant outdoor billboard at London’s Westfield Shopping Centre. The maker of the cover for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club revealed his own contribution, The Meeting or Have a Nice Day Mr Hockney, as part of the ceremony.


The top ten:

John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott (1888)
On display at Tate Britain, London

John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-52)
On loan from Tate to Pushkin State, displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Francis Bacon, Head VI (1949)
On loan to Manchester Art Gallery

John Singer Sargent, Gassed (1919)
On display at Imperial War Museum, London

Lucian Freud, Man's Head (Self Portrait I) (1963)
On display at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

JMW Turner, The Fighting Temeraire (1839)
On display at The National Gallery, London

Alfred Wallis, Five Ships – Mount's Bay (1928)
In storage at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

LS Lowry, Going to the Match (1953)
On loan from the PFA to Tate Britain

James Whistler, Bridge, Nocturne: Blue and Gold – Battersea (circa 1872-1875)
On display at Tate Britain, London

Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter An Exploded View (1991)
In storage at Tate


More pictures:


An image of a painting of a woman in a dress floating down a river on her back
Sir John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-2)© Tate
An image of a painting of small black and brown boats sailing on a blue sea
Alfred Wallis, Five Ships - Mount's Bay (circa 1928)© Kettle's Yard
An image of a painting of tiny figures heading towards a football stadium
LS Lowry, Going to the Match, 1953© The Lowry
An image of a painting of a man staring ahead resting his head on his palm
Lucian Freud, Man's Head (Self Portrait I) (1963)© Whitworth Art Gallery
An image of an oil painting of a ship on a sea at sunset
Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Fighting Temeraire (1839)© The National Gallery
An image of a painting of blindfolded soldiers on a battlefield submerged by mustard gas
John Singer Sargent (RA), Gassed (1919)© Tate
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