John Hansard Gallery joins Plus Tate
26 March 2015
Tate has this week announced the expansion to its contemporary arts network, Plus Tate, and John Hansard Gallery are delighted to announce they have been chosen as one of the sixteen new institutions to be included in the expanded collection.
From Tate: “They join the original cohort of eighteen partners, plus the four Tate galleries, to virtually double the size of the group. In 2010, Plus Tate was launched to share collections and expertise and build a network which would use Tate’s resources to strengthen the contemporary visual arts ecology in the UK.
The decision to extend the Plus Tate network was announced in September 2014 and applications were received through an open process in which premium was placed on a strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art. The network will now have greater geographic spread across the UK with three new venues being added in Northern Ireland, The Fruitmarket Gallery joining in Scotland and Artes Mundi in Wales. Three London venues have also been added.”
Nicholas Serota adds: ‘Expanding the network will significantly change Plus Tate’s texture. These are all organisations that contribute to their local community but which have a national profile. The larger network will bring different kinds of experience into the pool and facilitate greater cooperation between partners.’
Plus Tate was launched in 2010 with eighteen original partners, plus the four Tate galleries, to share collections and expertise and build a network of knowledge which would use the resources of Tate and the national partners to strengthen the contemporary visual arts ecology in the UK.
Gallery Director, Stephen Foster, comments: “The John Hansard Gallery has a long and well-established relationship with Tate, and this accolade is a fantastic formal recognition of this. We are excited to be part of the network, and welcome the expertise and opportunities provided by being part of this prestigious group.”
The invitation comes as a result of an open application process, in which a premium was placed on a strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art. John Hansard Gallery’s relocation to Southampton’s new arts complex has been recognised as an exceptional opportunity for the Gallery to contribute to the Plus Tate network, and increase the aim, ambition and reach for the Gallery programme in the city centre.
The new partners are:
Artes Mundi in Cardiff; Camden Arts Centre; Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry; Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester; Chisenhale Gallery in London; The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh; Golden Thread in Belfast; Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston; John Hansard Gallery in Southampton; Liverpool Biennial; The MAC Belfast; MK Gallery in Milton Keynes; Modern Art Oxford; The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland; South London Gallery; Spike Island in Bristol.
They join the original eighteen partners of:
Arnolfini; BALTIC; Cornerhouse/HOME; firstsite, Glynn Vivian; Grizedale Arts; The Hepworth Wakefield; Ikon, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; mima; MOSTYN; Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary; The Pier Arts Centre; Towner; Turner Contemporary; Whitworth Art Gallery; Wysing, and the four Tate galleries.
More information on the Tate website here