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The Triumph of Art: The National Gallery's bicentenary commission with artist Jeremy Deller announce The Playhouse as UK partner.  The first time a performing arts venue has been selected.    

The Triumph of Art, the National Gallery’s commission to round off its Bicentenary year, has today announced the partners it will be working with, to develop, produce and deliver the project.  The Playhouse are delighted to be selected alongside The Box in Plymouth, Mostyn in Llandudno and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.  Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller will be celebrating festivals, gatherings, and art in the public realm, in this UK-wide work. 

The Triumph of Art, including its constituent research and public programme, will be developed with close links to the communities and geography of all partners. Each will research, develop and stage a local element, before the collaborative projects will join together. Deller has been researching and cataloguing events on the Square as a history of celebration, commemoration and demonstration, collecting countless instances of joy and art in activism. The Triumph of Art will culminate in a major event on Trafalgar Square in July 2025, drawing to a close the NG200 year-long festival of art and looking to the start of the Gallery’s next century. 

Jeremy Deller said,

“I’m looking forward to working with partners across all four nations to create something epic to mark the Gallery’s 200 years.”

Emily Stone, Project Curator at the National Gallery, said,

“We couldn’t have found better partners to work with for this commission – they represent a fantastic combination of history and heritage, and emerging talent. Researching places of joy and gathering has unearthed some very exciting ideas that showcase both individuality and common ground across the UK. We’re excited to bring together local communities with an unparalleled celebration in Trafalgar Square.

Kevin Murphy CEO at The Playhouse, said,

"We are delighted to be working with the National Gallery and Jeremy at such an important juncture with the forthcoming bicentenary. Anniversaries enable us to look back and to look forward, and to build for the better on our shared cultural heritage. For us at The Playhouse it's an opportunity to begin a new creative journey with colleagues from the National Gallery and fellow organisations across these nations and to bring distinctive creative voices from Northern Ireland to the fore. We want to play our part in this local and national conversation and celebration".

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