The Open Air Drawing-Room … begins with an antiquated artists drawing group setting up for some landscape painting. Arrival and un-packing of folding stools, easels, flasks, other knick-knacks and sandwiches etc But this is no ordinary show – for the audience will be drawn into the group!
Inspired by JMW Turner. A story that delightfully mixes historical biography with the fast contemporary world we now occupy.
An invitation to slow-down. Paint a stone – for Turner – for The Turner Contemporary!
Selected from…31 stones – a “mini museum” – each one from the coast of the British isles and named after the atmospheric areas of the shipping forecast . These stones were old when Turner was young. They will still be here when we are gone. We consider Time. We consider Art.
Each artist (audience member) also makes a Cyanotype portrait which will be exhibited as a mirror image to the final painting – A Sea of Faces – embracing Turner’s pioneering interest in photography and his desire to find new ways to embrace art.
This project invites the public to engage in setting the world record for a painting that has been created by the largest number of artists!
Co commissioned with Applause Rural Touring and Turner Contemporary, Margate who will host the Turner prize in October 2019.
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.