We have seven days to go and just over 15% still to raise! Plenty of time to get your hands on an amazing reward and contribute to a great cause. In case you are still undecided about supporting the planned John Piper Gallery perhaps we can persuade you by telling you a little more about our plans!
The John Piper Gallery will take over a space in the very centre of our permanent galleries. This space has been previously used to display temporary exhibitions, including three previous retrospectives of Piper’s work. The space will be transformed and extra space created in the areas surrounding the gallery to accommodate large-scale works, like our wonderful mural, Landscape of Two Seasons (1959).
As well as allowing the museum to bring out items that have been tucked away in our stores, the gallery will also provide an opportunity to bring together work from across the country. We are already discussing loans from public and private collections with the aim of showing a wide range of work across all fields of Piper’s career. The Arts Council has already agreed to loan eight works from their collection, including Abstract II (1935), Avington Font (1952), and In Llanberis Pass (1943). Victoria & Albert Museum has also agreed a number of loans, including a scale model of the set of The Rape of Lucretia, produced by Piper in 1946 for the opera by Benjamin Britten.
The gallery will be permanent, and as John Piper was extraordinarily diverse and prolific, the exhibition will change regularly to highlight aspects of his career and allow for new loans to be displayed. We will also explore his relationships with other artists and artistic genres, working with experts and institutes to create displays.
Our staff have also been researching archive material such as television and radio programmes created or contributed to by Piper, as well as the wide range of articles he produced for newspapers, journals and magazines, the books he wrote and illustrated, and photographs by and of the artist.
If we reach our goal then we are ready and waiting to create an amazing space that will explore the many facets of John Piper’s career and an archive to support many years of further research.
Donate now to help make it happen.