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Encounters - Liverpool Biennial comes to Bury Art Museum

Press Release   •   Mar 20, 2017 11:41 GMT

Mark Leckey presents Dream English Kid 1964 - 1999 AD

This spring Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre opens an exhibition of artworks from the Liverpool Biennial 2016 festival of contemporary art. 

Work by Céline Condorelli, Audrey Cottin, Mark Leckey and Rita McBride will make up the exhibition Encounters, which includes interactive sculptures, film and immersive soundscapes.

In the Moving Image Gallery, Mark Leckey presents Dream English Kid 1964 - 1999 AD until 30 May. The Turner Prize-winning artist assembled the film by locating archive material from television shows, advertisements and music online to create a record of all the significant events of his life between the 1970s and 1990s.

Entries and doorways are often used as a way to show social hierarchies, exclusions and inclusions. In the Sculpture Centre, Céline Condorelli’s portal for children invites them to enter a world of their own invention, while an audio portal draws inspiration from Ancient Greek theatre.

Audrey Cottin’s work Lift Me was inspired by Robert Filliou’s belief that “everybody is perfect” and invites the audience to activate the work through collaboration.

Rita McBride’s Perfiles are sculptural memories of buildings consumed by time. They depict the outline or ‘profile’ of houses in Pompeii, a city in the South of Italy that was buried in metres of ash and pumice after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.

The exhibition is part of Liverpool Biennial’s inaugural touring programme, with exhibitions of works by leading international artists commissioned and presented at the 2016 Biennial touring to venues in Northern England throughout 2017 and 2018. The touring programme is supported with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund.

This groundbreaking project will enable Bury Art Museum and other venues across the North of England to develop new audiences and build capacity within the partner organisations, collaborating together for the first time.

Encounters is on display from 1 April – 9 September 2017 at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Moss Street, Bury. Mark Lecky’s Dream English Kid 1964 - 1999 will be on view in the Moving Image Gallery until 13 May 2017. There will be an exhibition preview on Friday 31 March 2017, 7pm – 9pm. The museum is free entry.

ENDS

Press release issued: 20 March 2017. 

Pictures:

Mark Leckey, Dream English Kid, 1964 – 1999 AD (film still), 2015. Photo courtesy the artist and Cabinet London.

For further information or images please contact Bury Art Museum on 0161 253 5878. Alternatively please email artgallery@bury.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

Exhibition Preview: 7-9pm, Friday 31 March at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Moss Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0DR.

Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

Showcasing some of the best of international and local art, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre is the ideal attraction to enjoy art and discover more about Bury’s rich history. Immerse yourself in international collections and exhibitions and engage in a range of activities and events so diverse there is something to suit every visitor. All housed in a distinctive Edwardian building that is a work of art in itself. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and on Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm. Admission is free and the museum is fully accessible. Located on Moss Street, Bury Town Centre.

Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial presents the UK biennial of contemporary art. It takes place every two years across the city in public spaces, unused buildings, galleries and online. The Biennial is underpinned by a programme of research, education, residencies and commissions. Founded in 1998, Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 305 new artworks and presented work by over 444 artists from around the world. The Biennial’s 10th edition in 2018 will celebrate 20 years of commissioning art in Liverpool. Liverpool Biennial 2018 will run from 14 July – 28 October.