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Tate holds over 70,000 items in its collection.
Help us locate them around the world.
Not sure where to begin? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Archives are very social in nature, being first and foremost about people, places, and their stories. Yet cataloguing alone does not always account for the rich histories to which archival materials speak.
This was the case for a Tate Archive initiative in 2015, when the public not only helped identify roughly 900 locations captured in some of the 5,870 photographs taken by British artist John Piper, but also added a personal dimension to many of those locations – from first kisses to wedding venues, and everything in-between! The relevant catalogue records were amended, but how could we keep those stories and make them available to others?
ArtMaps Challenge #7 – which will run until 5 August 2016 -aims to do just that, to visualise and make accessible the contextual information that has already been, and could be shared about the Piper archival collection. Using the ArtMaps platform we invite you to ‘pin’ Piper’s photographs onto a digital map, and to them add comments and stories that make them relevant to you. Start searching for Piper’s artworks on the main ArtMaps page (accessible by closing this window), by clicking on the magnifying glass, selecting “Art” in the drop-down menu and typing “Piper” in. Jump to page seven of the result list to find Piper’s photographs from the Archive.
The outcome will be incorporated into a research project building on the themes of participatory information sourcing. Please do take a moment to register here, so to ensure your contribution will become part of the study, opening the way to create further opportunities for you and others to collaborate with Tate.
From snow storms inspired by the Essex coast to blazing North African sun, the weather in Turner’s work is explored in the latest Art Maps blog by Tate curator Amy Concannon.
Look the at searing sunlight of Turner’s Regulus on Art Maps, and you’ll see it pinned to its associated climate of Carthage, Tunisia. Snow Storm is thought to be inspired by coastal storms near Harwich in Essex – is this a scene that locals might be used to seeing?
What’s the weather like in your area? Is there a work of art located on Art Maps that captures the climate typical of your town? Search Art Maps and find out.
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free is at Tate Britain until 25 January 2015.
Are you familiar with the valleys and villages of South Wales? If so, can you help us work out the geographical location of scenes depicted in Josef Herman’s art?
Ystradgynlais in Powys was a favourite subject matter of the artist, and on Art Maps we’ve located works such as Evening, Ystradgynlais and Pregnant Woman with Friends to this mining town in South Wales. The miners, their lives and the village community were captured beautifully by the artist during the 1940–50s.
We need help locating other works of the South Wales area made by Herman. Do you have knowledge about the local area? Do you know the likely locations represented in these three works? If so, have a look at them and drop a pin on the Art Map.
Art Maps not only includes artworks which represent physical locations, but also imagined places. For instance, Julian Opie created Eight Landscapes, from photographs taken in a range of urban and natural environments. Opie scanned the photographs onto a computer and altered them digitally. His alterations result in generalised images of landscapes. Radio Wind Tyres is one of the Eight Landscapes, and Opie describes it as a ‘drawing of one of these motorways with a very thin strip of land, so thin you can’t really tell which country you’re in’.
Look at Radio Wind Tyres on Art Maps: have you ever encountered a comparable landscape? Does it evoke any personal memory? Can you suggest a location for this artwork? Log in, comment and share your personal experience of a similar place.
Works of art that we see pinned in Art Maps have been located using geographical data, often taken from their title or description. Some works may also show a clear visual correlation to their location, by depicting the local landscape at the time.
But what about a work of art with history and context that relates to multiple locations? How can we share and develop this information on Art Maps?
In his blog, artist Nye Parry considers this when he writes about Art Maps, stating ‘Each object has a multi-layered relationship to place’. He goes on to consider John Lessore’s painting Annonciade, which the artist began in a Battersea house, continued in Camberwell and finished in Peckham. Lessore recounts altering the painting, which included adjusting the window or the view from it, to reflect each new location in which he was working.
What works of art are you familiar with that have a story about more than one location? Try logging in to Art Maps, pinning their locations, and sharing your knowledge about them.
Keith Arnatt’s series of photographs A.O.N.B. (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) capture a number of locations in the UK. We know the general area of some, but can you help us further define their location? You may find clues in William Gilpin’s Observations on the River Wye 1782, from which Arnatt took inspiration.
For example, Tintern Abbey features in the background of this piece, but maybe you know the road in the foreground and could drop a pin on Art Maps to locate this work of art.
Another photograph features a sign pointing to Raglan, with the River Wye in the background. If know more about the location, you can log on to Art Maps and share your knowledge with us.
A selection from this Keith Arnatt series of photographs is currently on display in Tate Britain‘s Ruin Lust exhibition, open until 18 May 2014.
What town or city are you most familiar with? Search for that place and see if any Tate artworks pop up in the area.
If you see artworks, perhaps you have a memory of the place they are associated that you could share with us in the comments box? Or perhaps you can help us locate them more accurately? Maybe you know of a work in the collection that relates to somewhere you know well, but that isn’t yet located on Art Maps. In any case, let us know by logging in and Art Mapping!
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