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North West organisations join with Tate in national initiative

  • Date: 11 November 2010
  • Area: North
Exterior view of Tate Modern gallery on a sunny afternoon

Tate Modern. Credit: Tate Photography

Manchester's Cornerhouse and Cumbria-based Grizedale Arts are to work with the Tate and other leading arts organisations based across the UK in a major national initiative which will create unique opportunities to engage with the best modern and contemporary visual art.

Plus Tate sees the Tate Gallery and 18 of the UK's most dynamic arts institutions joining together to exchange ideas, knowledge, skills and resources, as well as programmes and collections.

The partners in this exciting initiative, which was launched on  21 October at Tate Modern by Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will now work together to broaden and deepen engagement in modern and contemporary art across the country.

Based in the English Lake District, Grizedale Arts runs a thought-provoking programme of events, projects and residencies that develops the contemporary arts in new directions, away from the romantic and modern assumptions of culture, making artists more useful in this complex and multiple-cultural environment. It was recently included in a list of the 50 best museums and galleries in the UK compiled by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts including journalists and academics for The Independent newspaper.

Cornerhouse, Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and film, has three floors of contemporary art galleries, three screens showing the best of independent cinema, a bar, café and a bookshop. It also operates Cornerhouse Publications, an international distribution service for contemporary visual arts books and catalogues.

Dave Moutrey, Chief Executive of Cornerhouse said: 'Being part of the Plus Tate Network gives us a great opportunity to develop creative knowledge networks with similar organisations and to increase participation and access to our work. We reached our 25th birthday this year, and over this time we have built up an enviable track record of cutting-edge contemporary visual arts and film, though ambitious programming and innovative engagement activities. As we head into to the next 25 years, we're looking forward to collaborating with our Plus Tate partners, sharing our resources and our knowledge of emerging artists and trends to create exciting new projects, programme opportunities and new ways of engaging audiences.'

Alistair Hudson, Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts, added: 'Becoming a partner in the Plus Tate network allows us to build stronger relationships with similar organisations in the UK and increase the opportunities to show the work we produce to an even wider audience. Since the move to our new premises at Lawson Park in Coniston, there has been a big change in the scope of the organisation and this partnership with Tate increases our ability to bring high quality work to the region. We will be able to develop new projects that bring the resources of the Tate to Cumbria and importantly, also take some of our own resources, expertise and ideas to Tate; it's very much an equal relationship and that's one of the best things about this initiative.'

Helen Wewiora, Visual Arts Relationship Manager, Arts Council England concluded: 'The involvement of Arts Council England regularly funded organisations, Grizedale Arts and Cornerhouse, along with Manchester's Whitworth Gallery places the North West at the heart of an initiative which has multiple benefits. The opportunities to share collections, expertise and ideas will allow each of the partners to present opportunities to participate in the visual arts in their local region that simply would not have been there before. The ability of each individual organisation to thrive in the challenging economic climate is strengthened by this collaborative working, while the work taking place as part of the thriving North West visual art sector can also be experienced by new audiences across the UK thanks to Tate Plus.'

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