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Museums at Night 2013

Connect10 competition, where artists, venues and audiences collaborate in a unique way to create Museums at Night events

New Post 7 March – The Results: Congratulations to Bristol who has won the poll to bring Gavin Turk to their Museum. You can see the full results on the Culture 24 website here>>

Bath’s Holburne Museum is asking for votes to help them win the celebrated artist Gavin Turk to create a spectacular community art event in the Museum’s Garden to celebrate Museums at Night 16 to 18 May 2013.

The Holburne is on a shortlist of only four venues that bid for Gavin Turk and now it is down to a public vote to decide where he will go. To help the Holburne win the public need to vote online ( The polls open at noon on Tuesday 19 February and polling closes at 5pm on Tuesday 5 March

If successful at the Holburne Gavin Turk has promised to create a magical and spectacular community event in the Museum gardens inspired by the eighteenth-century Cosmorama that once stood there. A Cosmorama was a fantastical sound and light installation which allowed the public to miraculously witness far-away places and extraordinary events in imaginary lands.

Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne said, “What could be more exciting than Gavin Turk, one of the country’s leading contemporary artists, working at the Holburne and creating what is bound to be a mind-boggling spectacular in which we can all join in.

I know that if Gavin comes here he’ll create something no one will forget in a hurry – but we need everybody’s help to make it happen. Please if you are reading this go onto the website and vote for Turk for the Holburne to bring some of unique thrills to our garden.”


Supported by Arts Council England, Museums at Night and Connect 10

The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through
Arts Council England.

For further information or images please contact:
Katie Jenkins, The Holburne Museum, tel 01225 388547 or email


Gavin Turk is Professor of Art & Design at Bath Spa University with whom the Holburne works in partnership.

Sculptor and installation artist Gavin Turk rose to prominence as one of the infamous Young British Artists- he’ll be appearing at one lucky venue from four. 18th century hospital the Foundling Museum in London, the history-hopping Time Machine Funtington in Chichester, the Egyptology epicentre that is Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the Georgian pleasure grounds of Bath’s Holburne Museum all bid for Turk.

Gavin Turk studied at the Royal College of Art and his sculptures and installations investigate artistic myths of authorship, creativity and genius. Since 2008 Turk and his partner Deborah Curtis have run a project-based group of artists called The House of Fairy Tales, designed to further educational community projects to support and advocate art.

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 16 – Saturday 18 May 2013.

Culture24 is a non-profit cultural publishing organisation supporting arts and heritage venues to reach audiences across digital platforms. We are the official cultural data provider to the BBC. We collect and share cultural data, publish websites, run the national Museums at Night campaign and lead action research projects. where people will be able to cast their vote for their favourite museum to win the artist.

The Holburne Museum houses an important art collection formed by Sir William Holburne in the nineteenth-century, which includes paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain of national and international significance. Artists in the collection include Gainsborough, Guardi, Stubbs, Ramsay and Zoffany.
The Museum reopened in May 2011 after ambitious renovations and a new extension by Eric Parry Architects. The Holburne has fast gained a reputation as one of a number of outstanding regional museums in the UK.
• Winner of the Museums & Heritage Award for the re-display of the permanent collection.
• Winner of RIBA Building of the Year, south west.
• Winner of the Civic Trust’s Michael Middleton Special Award for a restoration/extension project within a conservation area

The Holburne Museum is committed to programming innovative events that help interpret its collection, building, history and grounds.
The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
Open daily, free admission 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays)
Exhibition Admission £6.95 / Concessions
Tel: 01225 388569 email:
In partnership with Bath Spa University


Published on: 19/02/2013