As the winter nights draw in our art continue to shine. Make sure you take an evening stroll through Finsbury Avenue Square in the lead up to Christmas to see our illuminated floor by Maurice Brill at its best. But, if you prefer to stay indoors in the warm, enjoy this roundup of Broadgate Art highlights from the past twelve months.
As part of our ongoing commitment to forge connections with major public museums throughout the United Kingdom, in February we were pleased to welcome home to 155 Bishopsgate The Mechanics Institute by William Tillyer. This abstract painted landscape – Broadgate Art Curator Rosie Glenn’s favourite piece – was on loan to the artist’s highly acclaimed retrospective exhibition, Against Nature, at Middlesborough's mima. Other Broadgate artists whose work has been showcased through important museum exhibitions during 2014 include Bruce McLean and Richard Serra.
Art projects at Broadgate wouldn't be complete without visits from our local community, so during May we were delighted to welcome school children to participate in Captivate. Now in its second year, Captivate is a design and installation study programme funded by British Land and supported by us and Camden School Improvement Service. Influenced by our on-street public art collection, children created and installed temporary displays in Finsbury Avenue Square and near the Fulcrum.
As part of our Summer of Sport season in June, we exhibited Cyclus by Croatian artist Vasko Lipovac in Exchange Square to mark the arrival of the Tour de France in London. Providing humour and warmth, these iconic works captured the essence of this great race and continued to entertain and inspire in 201 Bishopsgate’s reception lobby until September.
In late summer we joined forces with Sing London to give two of our public sculptures a voice for London-wide art initiative, Talking Statues – have you heard them yet? Sara Pascoe is Bruce McLean’s Eye-I and enjoys watching you hurry along Bishopsgate from morning to night. The young girl from Xavier Corberó's Broad Family, voiced by Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams can’t wait to go ice skating. Two more sculptures are awaiting the gift of speech. Segal’s Rush Hour will be talking by mid-December, as will Barry Flanagan’s Leaping Hare which has been written by a member of the public.
Our ongoing support for local talent continues with our temporary exhibitions at the Broadgate Tower where three artists have presented interesting and diverse works during 2014. Text pieces by Brigitte Williams were on display until March, followed by Matthew Webber's abstract paintings to October. At present you can view Relative Space, an exhibition of architecture inspired watercolours and oils by David Walker - call in when you are next passing.
Our Broadgate Perspectives season drew to a close in November. We enjoyed sharing the thoughts of our art curator, Rosie Glenn, and also taking a closer look at art at Broadgate by previous Turner Prize artists. Congratulations to the winner of our annual Tate Membership Prize - look out for more art based social media competitions next year.
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