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Image as Witness: Europe and the Arts Council's Collection
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17 July - 6 September 2013

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the UK joining what is now the EU, The European Year of Citizens and 20th anniversary of the establishment of UK Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty. All Europeans, including artists can exercise their right to move and reside freely within the EU. This has been an enabler for cross cultural communication in Europe.  It is no longer that the political and the economic reasoning must precede the cultural migration, but rather that at least within Europe we are able to relocate for the sake and benefit of culture. 

This group exhibition drawn from the Arts Council Collection includes experimental and performance related artworks which reflect upon an itinerant artistic tradition with roots in the European avant-garde. German artist Wolfgang Tillmans currently lives between London and Berlin, having studied at Bournemouth College of Art and British born artist Hayley Newman spent her formative years in Hamburg on the DAAD scholarship as a student of Marina Abramovic.

The Arts Council Collection is the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world, incorporating artists born or settled in the UK.  With over 7500 works of art spanning more than sixty years, the Collection can be seen in exhibitions and displays at home and abroad, as well as through long-term loans to public buildings across the UK.

Image credit: Wolfgang Tillmans, paper drop (London), 2008. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund. Partial gift of the artist and Maureen Paley, London


    Image as Witness: Europe and the Arts Council's Collection

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    The 12 Star Gallery is located at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU and shows work which celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

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