- Date: 1 March 2011
- Area: North
A year-long celebration of the visual arts, created by a unique partnership between 19 art galleries and museums across Yorkshire and supported by the Tate, launched on 10 February.
The Tate has lent more than 100 works to the galleries, marking the first time it has joined forces with an entire region. The opening event at York Art Gallery included the first showing outside London of David Hockney's painting Bigger Trees Near Warter.
Art in Yorkshire - Supported by Tate will present a compelling programme of high-quality visual arts exhibitions and events at the diverse venues taking part in the project. Partner venues include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Media Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, the Brontë Parsonage Museum and The Hepworth Wakefield.
One hundred works from Tate's collection of historic, modern and contemporary art will be showcased in the venues. Tate will also provide a wide range of support as the partners share expertise and resources throughout the year.
World-leading artists whose work will be shown include Damien Hirst, Francesca Woodman, Cornelia Parker, Sarah Staton, Heather and Ivan Morrison and David Hockney - whose Bigger Trees Near Warter is now showing at York Art Gallery until 12 June.
Welcome to Yorkshire, the tourism agency for Yorkshire, is also a partner in this landmark project and will promote Art in Yorkshire - Supported by Tate throughout the UK. Axis, a visual arts organisation based in Leeds, will lead a digital audience engagement project, supported by an award from the Arts Council. This includes developing an iPhone app which will act as a guide and interpretive tool for Art in Yorkshire.
Helen Parrott, Senior Manager, Arts Council England, Yorkshire, said, 'This innovative and ambitious partnership will provide unique opportunities to see work from the Tate's collection in the region's galleries and museums, to participate in a fascinating range of events throughout the year, and share expertise and ideas. It promotes Yorkshire as a fantastic destination for art lovers in 2011, and opens up new ways of working together to make the visual arts in the region even more exciting and successful.'
For more information, including a full list of partner galleries, visit http://art.yorkshire.com
Bigger Trees Near Warter will go on to be shown at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull from 25 June to 18 September and Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford from 1 October to 4 March 2012 as part of Art in Yorkshire - Supported by Tate.