Victoria Art Gallery secures funding to bring Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition to Bath

25 Sep 2019


The exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre, and an exciting programme of events and activities, will be grant aided by £39,670 from the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants; £12,049 from Art Happens, Art Fund’s crowd-funding platform; and a contribution of £11,400 from the Friends of the Victoria Art Gallery.
With this financial support, the Gallery will be able to bring more than 80 rare colour lithographic posters from their usual home on the European continent to Bath. To bring them to life, there will be workshops for community groups including dance activities for people with dementia, printing workshops for young people with special educational needs, and an opportunity for Bath carers to help curate an element of the exhibition.
Evening events unique to this exhibition will echo the joie de vivre of the Belle Époque and Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris. These will feature music and entertainment to celebrate how visual art, music and dance were intertwined in this thrilling era. The Gallery will give everyone the chance to participate, with a multilingual audio guide, music from the era, a display of personal items from the performers, and a dressing up area.
The Victoria Art Gallery will be the only place in the UK to host this special exhibition.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are grateful to Arts Council England, everyone who donated to the Art Happens campaign, and the Friends of the Victoria Art Gallery. Their generous support makes it possible for us to put on this spectacular exhibition next year.”
Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre will open on 15 February and run until 27 May 2020.
Notes to Editors
For more information or images please contact Hannah Tunstall on or 01225 477736.
About the Victoria Art Gallery
The Gallery was founded in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The Gallery is home to paintings, sculpture and decorative art dating from the 1500s to the present day. It holds one of the region’s most diverse collections of art, including works by Howard Hodgkin, Grayson Perry, Thomas Gainsborough, and from Hans Holbein’s workshop. The exhibition programme features renowned artists such as Kaffe Fassett, touring shows and one-off major exhibitions.
About Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.
About Art Happens and Art Fund
Art Happens with Art Fund is the UK’s only crowdfunding platform for museums and galleries. Since launching in 2014, 38 museums have raised over £600,000 for art and cultural projects across the country, ranging from the conservation of works of art to new exhibitions and commissions by leading artists. Art Happens was recognised in 2016 with an Emcees Arts & Culture Award for Excellence in Fundraising for ‘Best use of digital channels in a fundraising campaign’. Previous campaigns include projects by Museum of London, Norwich Museum and Art Gallery at The Bridewell, and Turner Contemporary, Margate.
Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art. It also helps museums share their collections with audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators.
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Image below: Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril - Jardin de Paris, photo © Musée d'Ixelles-Bruxelles / Courtesy of Institut für Kulturaustausch, Tübingen
Victoria Art Gallery secures funding to bring Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition to Bath
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