PRESS RELEASE: Wednesday 1 November 2017

Derby Museum and Art Gallery ARTIST ROOMS Richard Long

Drawn From the Land
2 December 2017 – 4 March 2018

Derby Museums will host a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Richard Long as part of ARTIST ROOMS.

Richard Long (b. 1945) was among the foremost of a new generation of British sculptors to emerge in the 1960s who extended the possibilities of sculpture beyond the confines of the studio and gave it meaningful existence as part of the place, time and substance of which it is made. He has said “my work is not illusory or conceptual. It is about real stones, real time, real actions. I use the world as I find it.”

The exhibition, Drawn From the Land, will accommodate the main gallery on the top floor of the Museum and Art Gallery, Derby. It brings together photographs, prints and sculpture, drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, owned jointly by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate.

This exhibition, which explores Richard Long’s connections with the land, will be dominated by the sculpture, Cornish Slate Ellipse (2009). Since the 1960s Long has extended the possibilities of sculpture beyond the studio and gallery in to the landscape. Drawn from the Land explores how this artist uses sculpture to explore the meanings in the places, times and the very materials with which he works.

Derby Museums are working to increase understanding of the world beyond the gallery, where the museum is the starting point for the exploration of the places that we inhabit, both urban and rural. Long’s work is rooted in his deep affinity with nature, developed during his walks in Britain and elsewhere across the world. Derby Museums will encourage visitors to venture outside the gallery, in to the landscape, to explore their place in the world as Long himself explores the “relationships between time, distance, geography and measurement” during his travels.

This exhibition is drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of modern and contemporary art, displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of more than 40 major artists. ARTIST ROOMS is part of the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate collections, and was established in 2008 through The d’Offay Donation with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments. The touring programme is supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Creative Scotland and since 2009, 40 million people have visited more than 150 displays at over 75 museums and galleries.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said:
“Richard Long’s work helps us to understand the world around us. It reveals however solid and strong it appears, the Earth is still fragile and precariously balanced. It is great to be able to bring the work of this internationally renowned artist to the Museum and Art Gallery and share it with the people of Derby.”

The exhibition is free to enter. There is a voluntary donation scheme where Derby Museums will also be asking visitors to donate via their Give What You Think scheme, when they have visited the exhibition.

The ARTIST ROOMS exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery will be accompanied by a programme of talks, walks and workshops, to explore the relevance of Long encouraging visitors to explore and better understand the places that they live in new and exciting ways.

Exhibition Tour
Wednesday 17 January
2-3pm
Museum & Art Gallery
£4: Adults | £2.50: Students + booking fee
To book, please go to www.bit.ly/DMBOOK
Suitable for all

The Art Hub: Natural Materials
Wednesday 20 December
10am-12noon and 1-3pm
Museum & Art Gallery
FREE. Suitable for families.

STEAM Tots
Saturday 6 January
1.30-3pm
Museum & Art Gallery
FREE. Suitable for families.

Tots Make & Do: Block Design
Friday 19 January
11.30am-12noon
Museum & Art Gallery
FREE. Suitable for 2-5 year olds and their grown ups!

Family Photo Walk
Wednesday 20 December
10.30-12noon.
Museum & Art Gallery
£3 + booking fee.
To book, please go to www.bit.ly/DMBOOK
Suitable for families with children ages 6+

Gravel Art Workshop
Saturday 20 January
1-2pm and 3-4pm
Museum & Art Gallery
£3 + booking fee.
To book, please go to www.bit.ly/DMBOOK
Suitable for families with children ages 8+

Word Walk (whatever the weather!)
Sunday 28 January
2-4pm
Meet at The Silk Mill
£3 + booking fee.
To book, please go to www.bit.ly/DMBOOK
Suitable for families with children ages 12+

Family Friday
Friday 23 February
10-11.30am
Museum & Art Gallery
FREE. Suitable for families.

For more information, please contact Emma Hallam on emma@derbymuseums.org / 01332 641925

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Notes to Editors

ARTIST ROOMS
ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of more than 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art, displayed across the UK in dedicated solo exhibitions that showcase the work of 40 major artists. ARTIST ROOMS is part of the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate collections, and was established in 2008 through The d’Offay Donation, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

Since 2009, 40 million people have visited more than 150 exhibitions at over 75 museums and galleries around the UK, from Penzance to the Hebrides, and from Belfast to Llandudno. ARTIST ROOMS gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and artists, and learn new skills. The current programme is delivered by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in partnership with lead Associate Ferens Art Gallery, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms | www.tate.org.uk/artist-rooms | www.artistrooms.org | #ARTISTROOMS

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

ART FUND
Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, including ARTIST ROOMS and the 2013-18 Aspire tour of Tate’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable, and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators. Find out more about Art Fund and the National Art Pass www.artfund.org

CREATIVE SCOTLAND
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

Derby Museums
Founded in 2012, Derby Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust which is responsible for the rich cultural and creative history of Derby. It manages three sites across the city, the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and The Silk Mill, and holds and curates all the art and collections within them, including the world’s largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby.

The Trust’s aim is to bring as many of the objects and treasures in the collections into the public domain as is practically possible and present them in ways that delight and inspire, via education and learning programmes, events and exhibitions, in order to share knowledge and inspire creativity and making amongst the people of Derby.

As a charitable trust, Derby Museums relies on funding and grants from organisations and donations from businesses and the general public, all of which is gratefully received in order to ensure that admission to the museums remains free for all.

Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making
Derby Museums has secured major grant funding of £9.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £2.5m from Arts Council England, £4m from Derby City Council via the Local Growth Fund, and support from a range of charitable trusts and foundations for the £16.4m development to create Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making. The project will open up the whole of the Silk Mill, creating beautiful spaces to inspire our visitors and will provide access to 100% of Derby Museums’ collections of Making and Social History.  The new museum will have our communities at its heart and be uniquely co-produced with the people of Derby over the next few years and is due to open in 2020.