Store to Tour
Store to Tour is a series of short films produced to celebrate Round 1 of our National Partners Programme, showcasing exhibitions at each of the four partner museums and galleries: the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; and the Birmingham Museums Trust.
The series of films, produced in collabration with partner venues each take different works from the Arts Council Collection as a starting point to explore key partner exhibitions bringing in local voices from beyond the institutions to offer fresh perspectives on the works in focus, as they journey from store to tour.
Part 1: Walker Art Gallery
Anya Gallaccio’s Arts Council Collection work, can love remember the question and the answer (2003), provides the starting point for the first film in the Store to Tour series, exploring Walker Art Gallery's major exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity.
Coming Out, which was first shown at Walker Art Gallery in 2017 before touring to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, is a ground-breaking and vital exhibition, programmed to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act).
This film looks at the installation process behind Gallaccio’s unique work, as well as how it fits into the wider exhibition, and features contributions from Laura Rooney, the Liverpool-based florist tasked with sourcing 60 red Gerbera flowers required for the installation.
Part 2: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Steve Johnston’s Arts Council Collection work, Punk Portraits (1977), provide inspiration for a series of new poetry commissions by Wakefield-born performance poet Matt Abbott.
Steve Johnston’s series of photographs are a key work in Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Revolt & Revolutions, an exhibition exploring counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades, alongside work by artists who seek to make a difference.
Abbott was commissioned to develop new poetry in response to the artwork and themes in the exhibition. This film documents the poet’s response to the commission alongside contributions from Yorkshire Sculpture Park Senior Curator, Helen Pheby and Family Learning Coordinator, Emma Spencer.
Part 3: Towner Art Gallery
The third film in our Store to Tour series focuses on Towner Art Gallery’s National Partners exhibition, At Altitude, which takes inspiration from the historical impact and the enduring appeal of the Sussex landscape and its aerial potential.
Featuring local para-glider Steve Purdle, who reflects on his own unique relationship with the Sussex landscape and its aerial beauty, the film also includes contributions from exhibition curator Brian Cass and artist Mishka Henner, whose Dutch Landscape series are a key work in the exhibition.
At Altitude explores how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through the introduction of new elevated perspectives on the world that were unknown to earlier generations and features work by: Mishka Henner; Jananne Al-Ani; Tacita Dean; Wolfgang Tillmans; Cornelia Parker and more.
Part 4: Birmingham Museums Trust
The fourth and final part in Arts Council Collection’s Store to Tour short film series looks at an inspiring community partnership between Birmingham Museum Trust and homelessness charity Shelter, developed alongside National Partners exhibition, Women Power Protest.
Marking a century since the first women won the right to vote, the Women Power Protest exhibition brings together modern and contemporary artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s own collection to celebrate female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work.
A key work from the exhibition, Mona Hatoum’s installation, Plotting Table, from 1998, provided inspiration for a group of local Shelter service users who came together for a series of coffee mornings to look at ideas and themes from the exhibition.
From early aviation to drone surveillance, At Altitude explores how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through elevated perspectives on the world.
A ground-breaking and vital exhibition which marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act).