Gavin Turk to bring hovering magic carpet to Bristol for Museums At Night

 

Gavin Turk, one of the famous Young British Artists of ‘90s, has won the most votes in a competition to bring ten major contemporary artists to regional museums around the country for a nocturnal festival. He will create a magic carpet at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in two months’ time.

Museums At Night, which started last year, is a Lottery funded via Arts Council UK initiative for which big name artists stay awake all night to create an experience for the public. Museums must encourage locals to vote to bring the artists to them and the winners were announced today.

Nick Stockman, project manager for Museums At Night, said: “Ten world-class artists have entrusted the public to choose which venues they go to for [the festival] and the people have spoken in resounding numbers!”

This year’s festival takes place on 16-18 May 2013 and will see Jake & Dinos Chapman producing work at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings; Martin Creed at the Freud Museum in London; Mat Collishaw at BACKLIT, Nottingham; and will bring Julian Wild to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Telford.

Turk’s magic carpet which hovers using magnets won 1,907 votes for the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Speaking to The Independent, he said: “It’s an old Turkish rug which – to be honest I haven’t got it to fly yet – uses magnets, I mean magic. You rub it in the right way [laughs] and then it levitates.”

He is surprised that the public have been entranced by his vision. “I was very vague about what I would do. I thought it would maybe be something to do with the House of Fairytales project, a children’s arts charity who I work with. Starting with the younger children and moving into the older ones later as we’re staying up late. I had this project with a flying carpet that I was making. I thought maybe I could evolve that in it.”

Turk, who is a professor at Bath Spa University, is pleased to be undertaking the project in Bristol “as I can get my students involved”. The other museums pitching for his project were the Holburne Museum in Bath, the Foundling Museum in London and the Time Machine Funtington, Chichester.

Turk said the project is about motivating people to visit the museums and artworks that are in their towns and cities already, but in a different way. He said: “There is something absolutely brilliant about going to museums in off-times, when in theory you’re getting a special look. There’s obviously the fantasy of A Night At The Museum and everything coming to life. People are so lucky to have these museums. You just need a catalyst for being able to re-access the objects they’ve already got.”

The other museums which won were 20-12 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe which is getting Cullian & Richards; the Discovery Museum, Newcastle which will get Julia Vogl; Manchester Museum is getting Richard Wentworth; Horniman Museum and Gardens, London won rAndom International; and Rochdale Pioneers Museum & Touchstones Rochdale will receive Susan Forsyth.

Arts and Entertainment
Wonder.land Musical by Damon Albarn

Theatre

Arts and Entertainment

Film review

Arts and Entertainment
Innocent victim: Oli, a 13-year-old from Cornwall, featured in ‘Kids in Crisis?’
TV review
News
Northern exposure: social housing in Edinburgh, where Hassiba now works in a takeaway
books An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop
Arts and Entertainment
Terminator Genisys: Arnie remains doggedly true to his word as the man who said 'I'll be back', returning once more to protect Sarah Connor in a new instalment

 

film review
Arts and Entertainment

festivals
Arts and Entertainment

Final Top Gear review

TV
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat perform at Glastonbury 2015

music
Arts and Entertainment
Lionel Richie performs live on the Pyramid stage during the third day of Glastonbury Festival

music
Arts and Entertainment
Buying a stairway to Hubbard: the Scientology centre in Los Angeles
film review Chilling inside views on a secretive church
Arts and Entertainment
Jason Williamson, left, and Andrew Fearn of Sleaford Mods
musicYou are nobody in public life until you have been soundly insulted by Sleaford Mods
Arts and Entertainment
Natalie Dew (Jess) in Bend It Like Beckham The Musical
theatreReview: Bend It Like Beckham hits back of the net on opening night
Arts and Entertainment
The young sea-faring Charles Darwin – seen here in an 1809 portrait – is to be portrayed as an Indiana Jones-style adventurer
film
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

    Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

    Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
    Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

    'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

    Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
    Compton Cricket Club

    Compton Cricket Club

    Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
    London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

    Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

    'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

    It helps a winner keep on winning
    Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

    Is this the future of flying?

    Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
    Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

    Isis are barbarians

    but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
    The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

    Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

    Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
    Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

    'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

    Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
    Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

    Call of the wild

    How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
    Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

    If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
    The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

    The science of swearing

    What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
    Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

    Africa on the menu

    Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
    Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

    Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

    The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'