Museums at Night 2014
We need your vote - polls open at 11am on Tuesday 14 January
Please help us to win internationally renowned celebrity photographer, Rankin to capture the face of Bath for Museums at Night
Rankin, Self Portrait 2013
Vote for the Holburne Museum and No 1 Royal Crescent at
The Holburne Museum and No. 1 Royal Crescent have joined forces to help bring Rankin to Bath. Rankin has chosen Bath as one of four places he would like to work for Museums at Night, but where he finally photographs is all down to a public vote.
Portraiture, celebrity and the concept of beauty are all themes key to the collections at The Holburne Museum and No. 1 Royal Crescent and these themes are clearly apparent in Rankin's contemporary photography. The Holburne Museum is renowned for its eighteenth-century British portraits, most notably by Ramsay, Stubbs, Zoffany and Gainsborough that depict Bath's Georgian Celebrities. No. 1 Royal Crescent will launch its new exhibition ‘Portrait of a Lady?' which explores the representation of women in the C18th including figures of fame and notoriety.
Event organisers at the two Museums said, ‘We'd like Rankin to photograph the people of Bath and we'll digitally display or project his photographs at both our Museums. Who Rankin photographs is up to him. Maybe it could be you but without your vote we will never know! Simply click on the link above to vote. After entering your email address, you will be asked to secure your vote by moving the icons.'
Museums at Night is 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. It takes place over the weekend of Thursday 15 - Saturday 17 May 2014.
Rankin Although Rankin's lens has scrutinised a cast ranging from Tony Blair and Kate Moss to David Bowie, the Queen and singer Robyn (he is also a talented videographer, most recently with Cheryl Cole), the Glasgow-born photographer's one constant lies in realising a striking realism in each of his portraits.
It's a talent which applies to every sitter, no matter how well-known: in 2009, during a major retrospective of his work at the Truman Brewery in London, he produced a striking series of shots of 1,000 visitors which became an evolving, telling part of the exhibition.
That idea was in aid of Oxfam, and Rankin has been involved in a number of charitable projects, confronting preconceptions and facing the sort of challenges many artists might shirk: his photos for Nike were part of a global campaign raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, and his most recent major exhibition portrayed people with terminal illnesses.
A thoughtful follower of some of the greatest photographers of all time, this is a truly versatile photographer with an innate ability to make visitors feel relaxed. His Connect10 appearance is certain to be as fun as the results will be revealing.
For Museums at Night:
In 2009 Rankin undertook the biggest project of his career. Rankin Live was a mammoth, interactive spectacle in which Rankin photographed ordinary people off the street, one every 15 minutes - retouching, printing and hanging the image within half an hour of the shutter being fired. In seven weeks Rankin managed to shoot over 1,600 Londoners.
Museums at Night is a golden opportunity for Rankin to further explore his unique interactive approach to photography.
Visit Rankin's website rankin.co.uk
The venues competing with the Holburne and No1 Royal Crescent to win Rankin are:
• Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
• St Ann's Allotments, Nottingham
• Bethlem Archives and Museum, Kent