Public offered toilet roll and cut-price prints by Chapman Brothers in Jerwood Gallery appeal

By Ben Miller | 28 August 2014

A new Chapman Brothers exhibition and public programme will take be held in Hastings – if the Jerwood Gallery can meet its target in the next few days

An impish bid by Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery to bring infamous provocateurs the Chapman Brothers back to their hometown, focusing on a proposed exhibition of new works and a public programme of events featuring a tattoo parlour, looks likely to succeed if organisers can win vital public donations in the final few days of their Art Fund-backed fundraising campaign.

A photo of a series of small black etchings including skulls and cloaked figures
© Courtesy Jerwood Gallery
With three days of the Art Happens project remaining, the gallery needs to raise less than 25% of its £25,000 target. Pledges are being rewarded with a range of items including a bespoke toilet roll set emblazoned with a skull motif designed by the brothers.

“It’s everyone’s last chance to help us bring the Chapman Brothers back to Hastings for a major new show,” says Liz Gilmore, the Director of the beachside gallery, calling the artists “the Brothers Grimm of the art world”.

“We are so close.

“The exhibition will present a new, previously unseen body of work and will feature works commissioned exclusively for the exhibition.

“The Chapmans will scour the antique emporiums and junk shops of Hastings for old artworks that will then be ‘fixed’ by the brothers in their signature anarchic style.

“The exhibition will mark a significant moment as it will bring Hastings’ most famous exports back home for their first major exhibition of new work in the town where they grew up and went to school.

“If people donate there are excellent, limited edition Chapman Brothers rewards that we will send as a thank you.

“There are 21 limited edition prints left at £450, which is great value for Chapman works – normally they sell for thousands.”

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A photo of a toilet roll hanging from a wall
Backers who donate £60 will receive a limited edition toilet roll© Courtesy Jerwood Gallery
A photo of a white toilet roll with a series of skulls printed on it
The proposed exhibition is being described as the "biggest, baddest" show by the brothers to date© Courtesy Jerwood Gallery
An image of a black graphic print of various small figures
Jake and Dinos Chapman, To Live and Think Like Pigs© Jake and Dinos Chapman
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