W-CA Photography Open 20136. Dec - 27. Dec 13 / ends in 20 days Worcester City Art Gallery
DEADLINE 5TH NOVEMBER 2013
W-CA Contemporary Landscape Photography
W-CA are proud to present the second juried exhibition of 2013, the focus of this open call exhibition is contemporary photographic responses to Landscape.
Selectors : Ivan & Heather Morison, Richard Billingham, Dan Holdsworth, Paul Seawright, Jem Southam, Fiona Crisp and Pete James
In 2010 W-CA were asked to co-curate the Contemporary Art Society collection which was acquired in 2001 under the galleries ‘contemporary landscape collection policy.’
Worcester City Art Gallery has collected contemporary art for 150 years, building up an outstanding collection, particularly strong in landscapes. The Worcester City Museum collection, of which fine art is an important part alongside natural history, archaeology and social history, focuses on the shaping of the English landscape. Worcestershire’s landscape tells the story of England, from the geology of the Malvern Hills to the town planning ‘rape of Worcester’ which drove modern conservation movements. There have been two major pushes to purchase contemporary art: one between the opening of the current museum building in 1896 and the First World War; and the second at the turn of the 21st century. In the early 1900s, many paintings were purchased direct from the artists including favourites such as Chadding on Mounts Bay by Stanhope Forbes. From 1998-2003, Worcester was one of a small number of museum collections working with the Contemporary Art Society on the Special Collections Scheme. Paintings, photographs and film work were purchased from artists and galleries internationally for the Worcester collection through funding from the Arts Lottery and the Elmley Foundation.
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