National Partners' Exhibition Programme 2017

27 October 2016

We are thrilled to officially launch our National Partners’ Programme with the unveiling of the full 2017 exhibition programme.

Supported by Arts Council England, the National Partner’s Programme forms part of our 70th Anniversary celebrations and sees us working with four National Partner Galleries; Birmingham Museums TrustTowner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Yorkshire Sculpture Park to curate twenty-four exciting new exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection over the next three years.

Highlights from the 2017 exhibition programme include:

Coming Out at Walker Art Gallery (28 July - 5 November 2017): an exhibition exploring sexuality and gender identity in Britain since 1967, marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.

Tread Softly at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (27 May – 3 September 2017): A group exhibition exploring childhood experience, memory and familial relationships including powerful works by Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and many others.

I Want! I Want!: Art & Technology at Birmingham Art Gallery (31 March – 30 September 2017): A curated selection of artworks spanning the last 20 years, by contemporary artists working with new technologies, showing how artists have navigated and contributed to a social, cultural and technological revolution.

Art and Popular Culture at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (July – September 2017): This exhibition of works by artists including Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Mario Rossi and Anthea Hamilton will consider how popular culture and, its surprising combinations of images, materials and words, have influenced recent contemporary art.

Today’s launch at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool coincides with the opening of two new exhibitions as part of the National Partner’s Programme; Looking North and Benedict Drew: KAPUT. One of our major acquisitions from 2015/16, Benedict Drew’s KAPUT combines video, audio and sculptural elements to reflect on society’s ambivalent relationship with technology. It is shown alongside Looking North which presents work by North-West artists and highlights a number of exciting new acquisitions from the Collection. Both exhibitions run until 26 February 2017.

Details of the full 2017 National Partner exhibition programme can be found in the document below.



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