Compton Verney needs your support!

Compton Verney needs your support!

Compton Verney has been successful in the selection process along with four other venues across Britain to win artist Aowen Jin in Museums at Night Connect! 2016 Competition.

What is the Connect! 2016 competition?

Arts venues across the UK are given the chance to win artists to support their Museums at Night event in October. After applying to compete, shortlisted venues are picked by the artist to then be put to the public vote to decide who will win. Compton Verney is delighted to have been shortlisted by artist Aowen Jin and we’re up against four other venues!

Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Compton Verney needs your support!

More about Aowen Jin

Aowen Jin is a Chinese-born British artist and social commentator. She was named by The Times as “one of tomorrow’s great artists”. Her exhibitions frequently attract critical acclaim in the media, and her artworks have been collected by Her Majesty the Queen, the Horniman Museum, and many other high profile organisations and individuals. She works between China and Britain.

Aowen Jin recently worked with Birmingham Cathedral and Birmingham Hippodrome for Chinese New Year on a new commission Midlight.

Aowen Jin

Aowen Jin © Jayden Tang

what could aowen jin create here at compton verney?

We would love Aowen Jin to work with Compton Verney’s fantastic Chinese collection revealing secrets of the Chinese traditions. Here Aowen Jin describes what she could create for the winning museum;

Aowen says: “Imagine [Compton Verney] filled with magical figurative stories, like the Sistine Chapel, but that can only be seen using UV torches. As you move the torch around the museum in the dark, all of the paintings on the wall come to life, and they appear and disappear as your beam of light moves from one image to another. The paintings are inspired by the history and collections of the museum itself, reflected through the eyes of the viewers. I am also interested in using balloons to shape the space, painted with UV ink, which can then create a temporary 3D installation that can be explored with UV torches too.”

She adds: “This will be a new body of collaborative work that is not only created by me, but also invites the local community to take part and imprint their sensitivity of the museum onto the space they love. In a grand finale, I will choreograph performances which challenge modern perceptions of beauty and aesthetics. During the event, I will also share my experiences through talks and offer a workshop in collaboration with visitors to the gallery to create art together for the project.”

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We need your support!

We are completely reliant on YOUR VOTES to make this great opportunity to work with Aowen Jin happen. Voting opens at 11am on Friday 29 April and continues until 8pm on Saturday 14 May. Make this exciting project happen by casting your online vote, all you will need is a valid email address to vote.

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