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 25th October 2014 - 12th April 2015

Woodhorn presented Lawrence Weiner's cycle of wall texts as part of ARTIST ROOMS.

Text is integral to the Woodhorn Museum site, from the rousing slogans on the iconic mining banners to the industry-specific signage in the colliery buildings. Lawrence Weiner's cycle of wall texts resonated with new readings within this historic colliery setting. The statements could be read in relation to the physical processes of mining or to the social histories of coal mining communities. The contrast between statement and action within Weiner's work gains added significance in a place once heaving with heavy industry yet today a carefully preserved and static heritage site, museum and archive.

ARTIST ROOMS On Tour was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the Arts Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international modern and contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d'Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.

This was produced in partnership with: Woodhorn Museum, ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate

Image Credit: Kevin Gibson Photography