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The Artist’s Studio

Sat 26 September 2009, 11.00amSun 13 December 2009, 5.00pm

The Artist’s Studio

This exhibition, the scope of which will be a first for UK audiences, takes you ‘behind the scenes’ to offer a fascinating insight into the world of the artist’s studio in Britain.

Through paintings, photographs, drawings, film, etchings, books and studio furniture, this exhibition will explore the changing function and depiction of the artist’s studio from the 1700s to the present day.

Artists in the exhibition include: J. M. W. Turner, Eric Ravilious, Gwen John, Paula Rego, Lisa Milroy and Jeremy Deller.

It will also explore, through photographs, the studios of some of the most prominent artists of the 20th Century, including David Hockney, Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Lucian Freud.

To coincide with the exhibition, we will be presenting a newly commissioned film documenting artists in their studios.