Proceedings of the National Gallery History Group in 2005:
Meeting Nineteen: 18 October 2005
The National Gallery Associate Artist Scheme – Colin Wiggins, National Gallery
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John Virtue, whose exhibition of London paintings was held in 2005 in the Sunley Room, was the National Gallery's sixth Associate Artist. This scheme, whereby a leading contemporary artist is invited to make new work derived in some way from the Gallery's collection, was inaugurated in 1989 by Paula Rego.
Rego's two-year residency saw the completion of her fascinating and intriguing Crivelli's Garden 'mural', now in the Gallery’s Restaurant. Since then, Ken Kiff, Peter Blake, Ana Maria Pacheco and Ron Mueck have all contributed memorable exhibitions as successive Associate Artists, as well as welcoming the public and National Gallery staff into their studios.
This seminar examined the history of the scheme and considered the various reasons for its existence. It looked at examples of work by each of the artists and discussed these in relation to the art of the past.