Hayward Touring is bringing Michael Craig-Martin to Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot in Devon. Establishing itself as a leading art venue in the South West, Hannahs has gone into partnership with London’s Hayward Gallery to present this exhibition of work by Michael Craig-Martin, one of the world’s most influential conceptual artists. Opening on 7 July, Alphabet is a series of 26 prints that in vivid monochrome play with the idea of letters and everyday objects.
Born in Dublin, Craig-Martin grew up and was educated in the United States and came to Britain on completion of his studies in 1966, and has lived and worked here ever since. Throughout his career, through work in many different media, he has explored the expressive potential of commonplace objects and images. His best known works include An Oak Tree of 1973, in which he claimed to have changed a glass of water into an oak tree; his large-scale black and white wall drawings; and his intensely coloured paintings, installations, and public commissions. Over the past fifteen years he has done exhibitions and site specific installations in numerous museums and public galleries including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA in New York, the Dockland Light Railway and Tate Britain in London.
Craig-Martin is well known to have been an influential teacher at Goldsmiths College London, and is considered a key figure in the emergence of the young British artists in the early 90’s. Amongst his former students is Damien Hirst. He was an Artist Trustee of the Tate Gallery from 1989-99, received a CBE in 2001, and was elected to the Royal Academy in 2006.
Hayward Touring is a contemporary art organisation producing exhibitions that tour to galleries, museums and other publicly-funded venues throughout Britain. It collaborates with artists, independent curators, writers and partners institutions to develop and tour imaginative exhibitions that are seen by approximately half a million people in over 100 cities and towns each year. Acting as a laboratory of ideas and nurturing new curatorial approaches, Hayward Touring’s exhibitions feature a thought-provoking mix of subjects and artists.
Alongside Michael Craig-Martin’s exhibition are two other exhibitions as part of Hannahs Summer of Art. The annual Midsummer Exhibition is showcasing work of mixed mediums by regional and resident artists and Trisomy 21 is another exciting touring exhibition featuring photographic work by Simon and Anna Burt who challenge the perception of Down’s Syndrome. Hannahs is also running a series of Art Lates, an inspiring series of talks, workshops and master classes every Thursday evening by leading national and local artists such as investigative artist Henry Bruce and bronze portrait sculptor Luke Shepherd.
Hannahs chief executive Bronwen Hewitt said
“Our partnership with Hayward Touring is testament to our vision of being a cultural centre for the South West. Premiering with Michael Craig-Martin is such an honour for Hannahs. Not only will it see us bring one of the most prolific contemporary artists to the region but it is the first time the exhibition is being hung outside London”.