THE OPEN AIR DRAWING ROOM

                                                          by Eric MacLennan

 

Commissioned by Applause Rural Touring and Turner Contemporary.

 

This project is inspired by the work of JMW Turner and John Ruskin.

 

This project is a celebration of the small and the epic.

 

This project is a combination of painting and performance following in the footsteps of Yves Klein. 

 

This project will produce the largest painting of a beach ever painted. 

The final artwork will set a world record for a painting created by the largest number of artists.

All participating artists (and a guest) are invited to attend the private view of the artwork at Turner Contemporary on Sunday 6th October from 1pm until 4pm.  Refreshments will be provided.

The artwork will be displayed at Turner Contemporary, Margate (co commissioners) throughout the period that the gallery hosts the Turner Prize, from October 2019 - January 2020.

The collection of thirty-one stones in The Open Air Drawing Room correspond to the thirty-one shipping areas that surround the British isles. 

These stones were old when Turner was young. 

They will still be here when we are gone.  

These stones - like us - are in a state of transition. 

They were once mountains… and eventually they will be grains of sand on a beach.

This project gratefully acknowledges support from Cass Art.

Thanks also to the Almeida Theatre and the London Bubble for rehearsal and workshop facilities.

Making is connecting.

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