The Royal Pavilion & Museums have been short-listed in a nationwide competition to get top contemporary artists working with museums. Culture 24 and Museums at Night have shortlisted the Royal Pavilion & Museums to potentially host world famous New York photographer Spencer Tunick in 2014.
Spencer Tunick’s career has been perhaps the most nakedly participatory of any modern artist. Since first photographing nudes in his native New York during the early 1990s, the hugely popular figure has devoted himself to “performance photography”, directing flesh-barers to embed themselves within well-known landscapes and locations.
His most recent major Transatlantic projects, in 2010, caused clamour in Salford’s Peel Park during a skin-saturated shoot to celebrate the Lowry’s 100th birthday, and at The Big Chill festival, where hundreds of visitors coloured their skin in several shades of body paint.
We are really excited about the prospect of bringing Spencer Tunick to our quintessential and famously off-beat seaside city. Pleasure-seekers have been drawn here for more than 250 years, enjoying the decadent and cultured urban seascape Brighton offers. This reputation, sea air and light have long drawn artists, photographers and film-makers, creating pioneering work strongly represented in our museum collections, including Victorian magic lanterns, cameras, portraits, and kinetoscopes showing films viewed by one individual at a time through a peephole viewer
You can help us to bring Spencer Tunick to Brighton and create amazing new art that celebrates the city and its people.
Tunick has travelled the globe to create still and video images of multiple nude figures in public settings. For this event, he would photograph individual portraits of around 200 nude residents of Brighton & Hove gathered in a city centre location on Saturday 17 May 2014, followed by a special celebration and presentation of the portraits to all participants in Brighton Museum.
The Royal Pavilion & Museums is now through to the public voting stage and we need your help to bring Spencer Tunick to Brighton! The voting opens at 11am on Tuesday 14 January and you can vote by following this link or by using one of the special voting cards available at all your museums.
We will be bringing you more news on how you can get involved very shortly, follow us on twitter at @brightonmuseums for the latest updates.
Helen Grundy, Creative Programme Manager, Royal Pavilion & Museums