British Museum partners regionals on new exhibition plan

The British Museum is collaborating with regional museums and galleries on an exhibition of prints and drawings from the BM’s collection.

It is hoped that the initiative will herald a new national collaboration to enable the national collection to be seen outside the capital. 

Image shows Jan Vanriet's Ruchla, copyright British Museum

The museum has been working with the Oriental Museum in Durham, the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, and the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, on the show, Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970, which will include works by David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin. It will open at the British Museum on September 12 and tour through 2020 and 2021.

“At a time when regional venues can struggle with funding, this collaboration with the British Museum will bring some fantastic works to Swansea and it will be great to see them with works from our own collection” Katy Freer, exhibitions officer at the Glynn Vivian, told The Guardian.

“It has been a rewarding, amazing experience and has given us new perspectives on the collection” said the British Museum’s curator of prints and drawings, Isabel Seligman. It will allow the public to see some of the lesser known treasures in the national collection, she said.  “They are finally going to get the limelight they deserve. There are some really fantastic works by some of the most important contemporary artists working today.”

And Grayson Perry, a BM trustee, added: “Since the dawn of time, drawing has been and still is a vital and central component of visual art. How else would I get an image out of my head and into the world?”

There is to be a gallery talk about the exhibition by Isabel Seligman on September 24.


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