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Southbank exhibition tours to West Bridgford Library

  • Date: 20 December 2013
  • Area: Midlands

Visitors to West Bridgford Library are enjoying the chance to see the work of one of Britain’s most influential contemporary artists.

As part of Hayward Touring’s programme, Michael Craig-Martin’s colourful series of 26 screen prints, entitled Alphabet, will be on display at the library until Sunday 5 January 2014.

Based at the Southbank Centre in London, Hayward Touring is supported by Arts Council England. Their exhibitions make great contemporary art available to new audiences at galleries, museums and other publicly-funded venues throughout Britain.

Craig-Martin’s Alphabet is a modern twist on the ABC pictures traditionally found on the pages of children’s books. Produced in his recognisable style, this series of prints reimagines the familiar 'A is for Apple' and 'B is for Ball' pattern.

Creating unexpected pairings between the letters of the alphabet and his drawings of everyday objects, Craig-Martin prompts the viewer to explore the possible meanings behind these new connections.

Brian Ashley, Director, Libraries, Arts Council England, said: “It’s exciting that users of West Bridgford Library are able to see world-class art right on their doorstep. Touring exhibitions like this are a great way for people who visit their local library regularly to enjoy something different. I would really encourage visitors to see the exhibition whilst it is on display.”

Peter Gaw, Group Manager, Libraries, Archives, Information & Learning, Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "We're very excited to host such a prestigious exhibition from Hayward Touring at Nottinghamshire County Council's West Bridgford Library - giving local people the opportunity to engage with works of national importance in the accessible and welcoming setting of their library. This is part of our on-going commitment to developing libraries as real centres of focus for reading, knowledge and culture in their communities."

The exhibition runs until Sunday 5 January during library opening times. Libraries will close for the Christmas period on Monday 23 December at their normal time and will reopen at their normal times on Thursday 2 January 2014