Jerwood needs votes to host top artist duo

(c) Jake and Dinos Chapman
(c) Jake and Dinos Chapman

THE JERWOOD Gallery has been shortlisted to host Turner Prize-nominated artists and former Hastings residents, the Chapman Brothers.

The gallery has been shortlisted in this year’s Connect 10 Museums at Night competition, which gives venues across the UK the chance to work with high-profile artists for one-off events.

It is up against three other galleries to win an event with Jake and Dinos Chapman, and the outcome depends on a public vote.

This would take place as part of the Museums at Night festival, the annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events, from May 16 to 18.

The Jerwood Gallery proposes to hold a daytime session for families and a masked evening event for adults with the brothers developing the content themselves if the gallery is successful.

Also in the running to win an event with the Chapman Brothers are Barts Pathology Museum, Cheltenham Art Gallery, and The Museum of London.

Liz Gilmore, director of the Jerwood Gallery, said: “Jerwood has long admired the Chapman Brothers for their independent artistic spirit.

“Hastings is a place with a large artistic community, which would greatly appreciate the opportunity to welcome two of Hastings’ most well-known exports back home.”

Jake and Dinos Chapman have a close association with Hastings, as they grew up in the area and attended William Parker and Hastings College.

They then went on to study at the Royal College of Art.

Their sculptures, paintings, prints and large-scale installations draw on confrontational imagery to question standards of politics, political correctness and obscenity, often in shocking ways.

To vote visit www.culture24.org.uk/places%20to%20go/museums%20at%20night/art420736.

Voting closes on March 5, at 5pm.