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The Hunterian announced as co-commissioning partner for Imperial War Museums' art commissioning programme
Cathy Wilkes Untitled, 2017 (detail). Mixed Media. Dimensions variable. Installation view of Cathy Wilkes, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 22, 2017 through March 11, 2018. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.



GLASGOW.- The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow has been appointed as one of five co-commissioning partners for Imperial War Museums’ £2.5m art commissioning programme.

Brand new works by Michael Rakowitz, Heather Phillipson, Compagnie XY and Cathy Wilkes will soon span the length and breadth of the UK as part of the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, a national programme of 22 artist commissions inspired by the heritage of conflict and created in partnership with Imperial War Museums (IWM) and 14-18 NOW, the official UK arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Five major partners have been appointed by IWM as co-commissioners, each to receive £250,000: The Hunterian in Glasgow; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead; Ulster University in Derry-Londonderry; and Leicester Museums. Working with five world-leading artists, these joint commissions will be displayed between 2023 and 2024 and explore themes ranging from care work in conflict to the current refugee crisis.

The Hunterian will commission a new body of work from Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes. The project will allow Wilkes an extended period of reflection on questions of war, conflict and violence. In addition to the artistic component of the commission, The Hunterian will facilitate a public programme that considers relevant themes, and support a community engagement strand of activity within Glasgow.

Building on over 100 years of contemporary art commissioning by IWM, this new initiative continues the vision and reach of 14-18 NOW, the official UK arts programme for the First World War centenary, and is made possible thanks to the success of Peter Jackson’s critically acclaimed film They Shall Not Grow Old, co-commissioned by IWM and 14-18 NOW. A share of the film’s royalties – £2.5 million – will see investment in artists and arts experiences as IWM partners with 20 cultural organisations and 22 artists from across the UK. The fully funded commissions will each be inspired by the heritage of conflict.

The IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund commissions will go on public display across the UK between 2022 and 2024.

Dominic Paterson (Curator of Contemporary Art, The Hunterian said of the project, “The Hunterian is enormously grateful for the opportunity afforded by this Major Commission. We wish to use it to consider how experiences of conflict and violence might be conveyed in art beyond monumental or heroic representations that valorise war.

We are honoured that Cathy Wilkes has agreed to be the commissioned artist for this project. Her work encompasses both abstraction and intense social realism to convey themes of universal relevance: attachment, care, loss, separation, exposure, and revelation. In her installations, Wilkes achieves a radical form of empathy, finding analogues for experiences that are often beyond verbal expression. She is uniquely placed to think anew about what it means for human beings to be exposed to violence, and to challenge the ways in which that experience is shared in art.”










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