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Major new donations boost University print collection

The University's art print collection has received two major new donations from artists with international reputations.

Both Ana Maria Pacheco and Art & Language held successful exhibitions during 2011 at the University's Studio 3 Gallery and have marked this with donations to the institution's Kent Print Collection.

Pratt Contemporary has donated an etching and drypoint by Ana Maria Pacheco from her series Domestic Scenes (2000). The print, the fifth of a group of 10, draws on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and depicts the Wife of Bath. The artist's sculptural group Shadows of the Wanderer was displayed in Studio 3 Gallery during the first five months of last year and remains the best-attended exhibition since the gallery opened in 2010, with over 2000 visitors.

Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden, the artists who make up Art & Language, have donated a set of five silkscreen prints entitled Maps to Indicate… (2002). The series develops Art & Language's long-standing interest in the conventions of mapping, playing with thematic, proportional maps so that they represent philosophical concepts rather than purley social geographical. The Art & Language installation Portraits and a Dream was exhibited in Studio 3 Gallery from 3 October to 16 December 2011.

Ben Thomas, Curator of Studio 3 Gallery, said: 'It has been a wonderful experience for staff and students alike to have such high quality exhibitions on display at Studio 3 Gallery during 2011 and to have an opportunity to work with artists of the caliber of Ana Maria Pacheco and Art & Language.

'The University of Kent is very grateful for the generous gift of these works, which will complement the existing strong body of work within our Kent Print Collection.'

Both works are on public display in the School of Arts' Jarman Building at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus (open Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm).


Story published at 11:41am 8 February 2012

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