Monday, September 21, 2015

News: More masterpieces heading to Rotherham town centre

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Rotherham regeneration project Gallery Town has extended its artistic reach internationally and will be bringing large scale reproductions of masterpieces The Scream and The Girl with a Pearl Earring to its town centre for free public viewing this autumn.

In September 2011, Rotherham became Gallery Town when a group of local entrepreneurs got together to arrange for 60 large pieces of artwork – including work by Rotherham students, local artists and some of the world's greatest painters – to be installed in key outdoor locations around the town. The project, which was backed by the Rotherham LSP (Local Strategic Partnership) Board was started as a way to regenerate the town centre, attract more visitors and to help create more trade for local businesses.

Several of the world’s most well-known masterpieces will be coming to Rotherham including large scale reproductions of work by Kandinsky, Rousseau and Edvard Munch. Possibly the most famous of these works is The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer – a piece kept permanently in The Hague since 1902 and the inspiration of Hollywood film by the same name starring Scarlett Johannsen.

These new additions arrive as links with The National Gallery in London are extended to include more international works that connect Rotherham with world renowned institutions such as The National Museum of Art in Oslo, Norway – the home of Edvard Munch's most renowned work, The Scream. This piece depicts Munch's personal experience with a sudden moment of severe anxiety and again is the inspiration behind a series of films of the same title name.

Previous classics on show in Rotherham include Bathers at Asnières, the masterpiece by French Post-Impressionist painter, Georges Seurat; The Water-Lily Pond by Claude Monet, the French artist who was a leading member of the Impressionist group of painters; and Sun Rising Through Vapour by JMW Turner, one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting.

Ged Omar, project manager at Gallery Town, said: "I think these international additions to the gallery will continue to build on the excellent regeneration work that is occurring in Rotherham town centre. Visitors and shoppers are offered a real cupful of culture when visiting the newly renovated High Street; with all its independent shops and cafes and the opportunity to gaze upon some of the world's most famous artworks. In the face of online and all under one-roof shopping this to me is a real cultural alternative."

Gallery Town website

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