To coincide with the spring exhibition ‘Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and J. M. W. Turner’ (until 11 May) Turner Contemporary launches its spring products and its first online shop.
With each exhibition Turner Contemporary offers a range of exhibition and art related products within its shop. Each retail item is carefully chosen for its quality of design and production, showcasing products by the best international artists and designers alongside those by emerging and established local artists and makers. For the first time key items from the shop can now be ordered online.
Turner Contemporary Deputy Director, Richard Morsley explains: “We are delighted to be launching our first online shop and allow new and existing customers to purchase products by both international and local artists and designers. This is a major digital milestone for Turner Contemporary and one which will allow for us to reach new audiences. Turner Contemporary is a charity and every purchase, in our shop and online, directly supports the work within the gallery and our local community projects.”
Published by Turner Contemporary to compliment the exhibition ‘Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner’ is a 96 page catalogue which includes over 50 colour images of works featured in the exhibition with text by James Hamilton and foreword by Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary. In addition, Turner Contemporary has produced a set of 14 postcards, including 3 portraits of Helen Frankenthaler in her studio, 10 reproductions of works by Helen Frankenthaler and J.M.W. Turner’s The Evening Star.
The spring collection showcases items by female artists and designers whose work reflects the local area. A limited edition screen print Flock of Birds by Whistable-based design collective Fawn and Thistle is available for £90.00 and is a limited edition of 40. Fawn and Thistle’s work is a mix of surrealism and humour, inspired by folk tales, nature and the Golden Age of Illustration.
The notion of the public and private realm is toyed with by Uddin & Elsey with their limited edition Occupied Door Hanger. Leah Elsey & Sonia Uddin have exhibited both nationally and internationally and have participated in international studio residencies including Berlin (2001 & 2005) and Sydney (2009). The door hangers have been screen printed at Hello Studios in Margate (retail price £18.00).
Seagull Jewellery Range designed exclusively for the Turner Contemporary Shop as part of our showcase collection by Lady Muck of Whitstable. Lady Muck aka Esa Evans is inspired by the quirky and the original and runs her label from the seaside town of Whitstable, which she now calls home. The Seagull brooch is available at £12.00 and the Asymmetrical Seagull Necklace is available at £17.50.