Gillian Wearing and Yinka Shonibare line up for Connect! The Museums at Night win-an-artist competition

By Culture24 Reporter | 14 February 2015

Gillian Wearing, Yinka Shonibare and Pure Evil announced for  Museums at Night Connect! Competition

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The Connect! artists (clockwise from top): Pure Evil, Yinka Shonibare, Gillian Wearing, Luke Jerram, Davy and Kristin McGuire and Alinah Azadeh
The six contemporary artists chosen for Culture24's Museums at Night Connect! competition have been revealed in a line up including street artist Pure Evil, Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing and Yinka Shonibare.

They are joined by theatrical installation duo Davy and Kristin McGuire, public interventionist Luke Jerram and cross platform artist Alinah Azadeh.

All the artists will create a series of unique events at a museum or gallery during Museums at Night, the UK’s after hours festival of arts, culture and heritage, in which hundreds of venues all over the UK open their doors at nighttime.

Cultural venues now have a five weeks to ‘bid’ for their chosen artist by coming up with a winning participatory event idea. The best will be shortlisted by the artist and it’s then up to the public to vote for who goes where.

Previous Connect! events have seen Jake Chapman head to the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings for an evening of exquisite corpse creating, Spencer Tunick lead a mass photo shoot of naked people in Folkestone and Martin Creed undertake an exploration of the Freud Museum in London.

In 2014 Grayson Perry led a bear hunt around York Museum and photographer Rankin spent a day and evening photographing gardeners for a pop up exhibition at a historic allotment in Nottingham.

Public voting for Connect! 2015 will open on May 1 at with winning venues announced during Museums at Night in May. Connect! events will take place during Museums at Night’s new two-day autumn festival on October 30 and 31.

About the Artists:

Alinah Azadeh works across media to create works rooted in the living and disclosure of personal experiences that involve the public in acts of gift, ritual and playful exchange. Her installations include; The Bibliomancer’s Dream (2009, South Bank Centre), The Gifts (2010, Bristol Museum) and All Is Not Lost (2014, Museum of Picardy). Her Burning the Books is a collaborative performance project exploring the power of debt, currently on national tour.
Davy and Kristin McGuire head an award winning creative studio that designs unique visual experiences through art installations and theatrical projects. Their hybrid art works are delicate, "filigree" fantasies that are momentarily brought to life through projection mapping and storytelling.

Winners of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2013, their work has included theatre productions such as international hit The Ice Book (the world‘s first projection mapped pop-up book) and award winning theatre show The Paper Architect which premiered at The Barbican.

Gillian Wearing OBE RA investigates the tensions between public and private, fiction and reality, and the relationship between the artist and the viewer. She has built up a reputation for performative photographs and films exploring personal revelations, private fantasies, and psychological trauma. In 1997 she was awarded the Turner Prize.

Pure Evil is the name by which Charles Uzzel-Edwards, direct descendent of Sir Thomas More, is known in the contemporary art and street graffiti world. His art is heavily inspired by skate culture and graffiti artists from the west coast of America and includes the trademark ‘Evil Bunny’ tag. As well as exhibiting globally he owns and runs the Pure Evil gallery in Shoreditch, London from which he’s produced over 50 exhibitions for other artists.

Luke Jerram's multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects, which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Most recently his giant installation Park and Slide caught the world's imagination while his street pianos installation Play Me, I'm Yours has been presented in over 46 cities so far, reaching an audience to date of over 6 million.

Yinka Shonibare MBE explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial’ hybrid, his trademark material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ batik fabric he buys at Brixton market.

A Turner prize nominee in 2004, other notable work has included Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, which was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square from 2010 -2012 and now on permanent display outside the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Shonibare has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and his works are included in prominent collections all over the world.

  • Culture24's Museums at Night festival takes place from Wednesday May 13 – Saturday May 16 and October 30 and 31.

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