News and Events - Hayward Gallery

Jubilee Gardens, South Bank Centre
9 January to 31 March 2007
The South Bank Centre will launch an ongoing series of commissioned artist designed flags in January 2007, part of a wider initiative to enliven the 21-acre site with temporary outdoor artworks. Yinka Shonibare is the first artist to be commissioned to create a flag that will fly from atop the 100ft flagpole at the edge of Jubilee Gardens facing across the Thames, towards the Houses of Parliament. The project provides a platform for international artists to reflect on ideas associated with flags, from patriotism and national identity to pageantry and celebration.

The Hayward Gallery has a unique national outreach through its programme of Hayward Gallery Touring exhibitions and the Arts Council Collection, both of which it manages on behalf of Arts Council England. Working in collaboration with regional venues, Hayward Gallery Touring is the UK’s most extensive and comprehensive touring exhibitions programme. Hayward Gallery Touring will continue its acclaimed programme this year with a series of new exhibitions and displays:

Tour begins Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
April 2007 onwards
Mind-Forg’d Manacles: William Blake and Slavery coincides with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, as well as the 250th anniversary of Blake’s birth. Slavery was a fundamental theme in William Blake’s art and writing. He was fervently opposed to it, and during his lifetime (1757-1827) saw successful campaigns against the Atlantic slave trade, leading to its abolition in 1807.

Slavery was also for Blake a mental state; to have limited perceptions, to pursue materialistic ends, to follow conventional religion or science, was to be enslaved and to be held with ‘mind-forg’d manacles’ of one’s own making. Mentally restricted figures are shown enclosed within themselves, while those free of mental shackles fly upwards like birds. The show is drawn from the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, and will consist of 64 watercolours, prints and plates from his illuminated books, together with other works contextualising slavery.

Tour begins at Walsall Art Gallery
May 2007 onwards
Examining a popular cultural phenomenon, Cult Fiction explores the continuing relevance of comic iconography on contemporary visual art. The touring show will present the work of fine artists who incorporate the language of comic imagery in their work, alongside the work of their contemporaries in the comic art field. Through drawings, sculpture, animation, sketchbooks, comics and graphic novels, Cult Fiction shows how the language and culture of this art form has provided a platform for political and social critique and a medium for escapism, introspection, fantasy and deviance. Artists include: Laylah Ali, Glen Baxter, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Marcel Dzama, Kerstin Kartscher, Yoshitomo Nara, David Shrigley and Chris Ware.

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