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Exhibition of Contemporary Art Extended at Aston Hall

Exhibition of Contemporary Art Extended at Aston Hall

7th September 2012

A ‘curious’ exhibition showcasing a selection of inspiring works of art by some of the UK’s most prominent contemporary artists has been extended due to popular demand at Aston Hall.

A ‘curious’ exhibition showcasing a selection of inspiring works of art by some of the UK’s most prominent contemporary artists has been extended due to popular demand at Aston Hall in Birmingham. Now open until 23 September ‘Curious Visitors: The Arts Council Collection’ is an opportunity for visitors experience a range of highly unexpected and displayed against the beautiful backdrop of a Jacobean mansion.

This unique exhibition has been a great hit with visitors throughout the summer. Ann Sumner, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust comments, “We have been delighted to host this extraordinary exhibition over the summer, and response from our visitors has been really positive. The show has been so imaginatively curated, and the star as far as the pubic has been concerned is the brilliant Laura Ford Giraffe which has really surprised our visitors.  We are delighted by the number of new visitors who have come to Aston Hall to see this show and discovered a 17th century gem of a house as well.  Our thanks go to the Arts Council for generously extending the loans and giving more people the opportunity of seeing the show.  If you haven't been, do come along and don't miss the wonderful Peter Doig as well'.”

‘Curious Visitors’ is part of four-year collaboration between Birmingham Museums Trust and the Arts Council Collection with generous support from Christie’s. The exhibition has brought together important works of contemporary painting, photography, sculpture, video and sound installation in Aston Hall. Key works by major British artists including Peter Doig, Toby Ziegler and Laura Ford have been carefully selected and located throughout the venue, providing an intriguing juxtaposition between heritage and contemporary perception.

‘Curious Visitors’ is the first of a series of three projects in Birmingham running from 2012-2014. It is part of the ambitious Arts Council Collection Partnerships supported by Christie’s, which will see four partner museums, Birmingham Museums Trust, Leeds Museums & Galleries, Manchester Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, create a dynamic programme of displays and exhibitions based on loans from the Arts Council Collection.

‘Curious Visitors’ is supported by an interpretative guide and educational programme, including children’s activities and artist’s talks.

For more information visit http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1945

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