News In Brief - Week Ending October 19 2008

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 13 October 2008
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Welcome to the 24 Hour Museum news in brief page for the week ending October 19 2008.

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17.10.2008 - Zoo Art Fair Awards winners announced

The winners have been announced for the 2008 Champagne Perrier-Jouët Prize and John Jones Art on Paper Award at Zoo Art Fair.

Champagne Perrier-Jouët presented a prize of £10,000 to Scoli Acosta, selected from 350 artists taking part at Zoo Art Fair, who won the Champagne Perrier-Jouët Prize.

The artist was chosen for overall artistic achievements during 2008 and for future artistic potential.

The John Jones Art on Paper Award was awarded to Clunie Reid.

Judge Mat Collishaw said: “Acosta’s work contained several motifs which appealed to the judges, but I think it was the image of the cornucopia that swung it for the Perrier- Jouët quaffing panel.”

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16.10.2008 - Contractors now in place to build Margate's Turner Contemporary

The new Gallery in Margate moved a step closer this week after Kent County Council announced their preferred contractor to build it.

R Durtnell and Sons Limited has wide experience in all types of private and publicly funded building contracts, and in addition to new building projects, has experience in the specialist restoration and renovation of historic buildings.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the end of November 2008 to mark the start of the building work on site at the former Rendezvous car park on Margate’s seafront.

“This is an exciting step in the journey to creating a world class art gallery in Kent," said Sally Abbott, Director of Arts at Arts Council England, South East.

"Our ongoing support for Turner Contemporary through this flagship capital project and its excellent artistic programme represents a critical milestone in the development of a cultural offer for the people of Kent and beyond.”

The Turner Contemporary gallery project team includes David Chipperfield Architects, Thanet District Council, Arts Council England, South East and SEEDA.

In the new gallery, works by JMW Turner will be shown together with British and international art from 1750 to the present day. In addition to a Turner presence, there is a commitment to show work by artists who demonstrate a major contribution to current practice and who challenge and stretch the boundaries of our understanding of art.

16.10.2008 - Tate acquires new artworks at Frieze

Tate has acquired a number of new contemporary artworks worth a total of £125,000 thanks to the The Outset /Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection.

Each year, two prominent international curators are invited to work alongside Tate curators to select works. This year, the curators were Thelma Golden (Director and Chief Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem) and Sabine Breitwieser (independent curator and General Secretary of CIMAM).

Six works have been acquired including Bela Kolárová's Assemblage 1969 - an artwork consisting of paperclips on paper - and a Lorna Simpson installation called Photo booth 2008. which is a collection of 50 found photo booth portraits and 50 ink drawings on paper.

“We are grateful to the continuing support of the Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund which has enabled Tate to significantly extend its Collection of work by new and emerging artists," said tate Director Nicholas Serota. "This is increasingly important at a time when government funding for acquisitions is so limited.”

The Fund is organised by Outset which was founded in 2003 as a philanthropic organisation dedicated to supporting new art. The charity focuses on raising private funding from its supporters and trustees for public museums, galleries and art projects.

A significant number of works acquired through the Fund are currently on display at Tate Modern.

16.10.2008 - £1m boost for art in Wales

A campaign to refurbish art galleries at National Museum Cardiff has received a welcome financial boost in the form of £1m capital investment from the Welsh Assembly Government.

The refurbishment for the upper west wing at National Museum Cardiff has been identified as a key priority of Amguedddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in moving towards the establishment of a National Gallery that will give the art collections 40% more space.

"The completion of the redevelopment will not only create bigger and better display spaces, it will also allow us to present stories of international and Welsh art running across five hundred years to the present day," said Michael Houlihan, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

15.10.2008 - Manx Hop tu naa Celebrations at Cregneash

The National Folk Museum at Cregneash is celebrating Hop tu naa with the help of Manx National Heritage on Sunday October 26.

The event is considered as ushering in the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and the beginning of winter.

A variety of activities will be available on the day, and there will be a free turnip and candle with every ticket.

Yvonne Cresswell, Curator of Social History, said: “The Hop tu naa event at Cregneash is an event for the whole family and a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about the customs and traditions of Manx Hop tu naa.”

"Visitors will be able to make and decorate their own turnip lantern to take home and they will also be able to learn the Manx Hop tu naa song and dance.”

The event originates from when people celebrated the time when preparations had been made for the winter and harvests had been gathered in.

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14.10.2008 - Museum of London takes on new identity

The Museum of London Group is rebranding to bring together its venues and values, with new names and a new logo.

The two different sites of the Museum will now be known as Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands whilst the organisation's succesful archaeology service will now be known as Museum of London Archaeology.

A striking new logo that links the three takes the conceptual form of London's thumbprint. Coloured layers map the shape of London over time, reflecting the ever-changing, diverse and dynamic make up of London and Londoners, past, present and future.

"Our new brand perfectly captures the vitality of the city and the people whose stories we tell," said Professor Jack Lohman, Director of Museum of London. "The new logo unites our three sites and the extraordinary diversity of the Museum's activities."

"These are exciting times for Museum of London, and I'm thrilled that the energetic, provocative and vibrant nature of our project has found such a striking visual identity."

The Museum of London is currently undergoing its largest ever redevelopment with spectacular new £20.5 million galleries due to open in spring 2010.

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13.10.2008 - Cash Boost For Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale District Council has given a cash boost to ambitious plans to expand Ryedale Folk Museum in Yorkshire.

The council has vowed to allocate £250,000 through its capital programme to support plans to house a valuable collection of more than 100,000 artefacts belonging to bothers Edward and Richard Harrison - said to be worth in excess of £1m.

The local brothers built up their collection of antiques, furniture and art over the last 50 years and are keen to see it remain in the local area.

As well as displaying the new collection, there are also plans to create a new library, store and a learning and education centre.

Plans are now being drawn up for the ambitious expansion, which will cost in the region of £2 million. A fund raising strategy is to be developed that will include a public appeal and an appplication to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

13.10.2008 - Women codebreakers return to Bletchley for new first day cover launch

Veteran World War Two code breakers will be at Bletchley Park on October 14 to release a new Royal stamp issue.

Women of Distinction is the title of the new stamps and Bletchley Park is honouring its own women of distinction through a first day cover to carry the stamps.

Artist Jayne Abbot has been commissioned to produce six portraits from wartime photographs of women who served at Bletchley Park between 1939 and 1945. They represent the many thousands who worked there in complete secrecy to crack enemy codes.

The portraits then formed part of Jayne’s unique envelope design. The Royal Mail stamps are being added and cancelled using a special Bletchley Park postmark. Only 1000 of this little piece of art and history will be issued. Issue price will be £15.

13.10.2008 - Virgin names train in honour of Tate Liverpool

Virgin Trains has commemorated Tate Liverpool’s twentieth anniversary by naming a Virgin Pendolino train after it - a rare accolade for a museum or gallery.

The dedicated train, unveiled at Liverpool Lime Street station on October 7, is also being seen by the company as signifying Virgin Trains’ commitment to bringing visitors into Liverpool during its European Capital of Culture year.

The dedicated train, unveiled at Liverpool Lime Street station on October 7 is also being seen by the company as a sign of its commitment to bringing visitors into Liverpool during the European Capital of Culture year.

“Tate Liverpool is an international gallery based in the heart of the region," said Andrea Nixon, Executive Director of Tate Liverpool. "Of our UK visitors 29% travel to us from outside North West, so it seems opportune for us to be honoured by Virgin Trains who play a major part in bringing visitors into the city to experience its wonderful visual arts offer."

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