Gillian Wearing video work bought for Walsall

We Are Here, a 2014 video work by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing, has been bought for the New Art Gallery Walsall with support from an Art Fund grant.

One of Britain's most celebrated photographers and film-makers, Gillian Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997 before being appointed to the Royal Academy in 2007. In 2011 she was honoured with an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

We Are Here is an intensely personal film exploring the West Midlands, where Wearing grew up. The film sees Wearing returning to her childhood home of Sandwell, and features monologues spoken by individuals from the West Midlands. It was inspired by Spoon River Anthology by the American poet Edgar Lee Masters, in which residents rise from their grave to reminisce on their lives, losses, regrets and memories in the fictional town of Spoon River.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'We are delighted to be supporting the New Art Gallery in acquiring a landmark film by one of the country’s leading artists. It will be a significant addition to the gallery’s growing collection of moving image works.'

We Are Here was exhibited at the New Art Gallery Walsall from 18 July – 12 October 2014, and is currently on display at the Maureen Paley gallery in London until 23 November 2014. It will be shown at Regen Projects in Los Angeles from 12 December 2014 to January 2015.

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