Scope Out: an Exhibition by Spencer Tunick

17 May 2014 – 3 Jun 2014

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Event Opening: 17th May, 7.30pm - midnight // Mon-Sat, 10am - 5pm // Sun, 11am - 4pm

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Folkestone, United Kingdom


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As part of the Museums at Night programme organised by Culture24, internationally acclaimed artist Spencer Tunick visits Strange Cargo's Georges House Gallery on the Kent Coast for a very unique and personal exhibition. Spencer Tunick stages scenes in which the battle of nature against culture is played out against various backdrops, from civic centre to desert sandstorm, man and woman are returned to a preindustrial, pre-everything state of existence. Tunick has travelled the globe to create these still and video images of multiple nude figures in public settings. Organizing groups from a handful of participants to tens of thousands, all volunteers, is often logistically daunting; the subsequent images transcend ordinary categories and meld sculpture and performance in a new genre. His most notable installations have been commissioned by Art Basel, Switzerland (1999), Institut Cultura, Barcelona (2003), XXV Biennial de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002), The Saatchi Gallery in London (2003), MOCA Cleveland (2004) and Vienna Kunsthalle (2008). Spencer's project for Folkestone has invited people to apply to be part of a photographic project in which individuals will be photographed at a secluded location along the town's coastal line. 125 lucky participants have been selected by Spencer to participate in the project and everyone who is involved will be given their very own original Spencer Tunick portrait to keep. Strange Cargo collected more votes than The Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and Royal Pavilions and Museums in Brighton to win this wonderful opportunity with an incredible 3736 votes. Thanks to Arts Council England, Culture24, Shepway District Council, Folkestone Town Council.

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