25.09.12 Iain Andrews solo exhibition 'Mythopoeia' at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery

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Mythopoeia: Historic works revisited in new exhibition

The award-winning artist Iain Andrews has created a series of paintings in direct response to some of the historic works on show at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. In collaboration with the writer Joanne Reardon Lloyd, Andrews has developed a unique approach and style to interpret the works and explore the stories that they tell. His paintings will be displayed alongside the museum’s corresponding historic works in a new exhibition called ‘Mythopoeia’.

Reflecting on the exhibition, Iain said, “Stories need to be retold again and again by each new generation that receives them and, as they are retold, narratives inevitably put down roots and throw out branches in unexpected directions. This is a small collection of those roots and branches, a series of new paintings and modern folk tales that take their inspiration from, and collaborate with, the museum’s permanent collection of works of art in order to lead the audience off on new and unexpected paths.”

Mythopoeia opens on 28 September to mark the launch of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2012. The exhibition continues until 12 January 2013.

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Notes for editors:

There is a private view of the exhibition on 28 September from 6-9pm.

Iain Andrew is based in Manchester and is represented by London-based gallery Man & Eve. In 2011 he was a finalist in the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the first prize winner of the Marmite Painting Prize. He is also on the long-list for this year’s Northern Art Prize.

‘Mythopoeia’ is part of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2012. For more information about the festival, see www.warringtonartsfestival.co.uk

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is open Mon-Fri 10:00am-4:30pm, Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission is free.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is located on Bold Street in the Cultural Quarter of Warrington, in a Grade II listed building which it shares with the town’s Central Library. The Museum and the Library originally opened in 1848 as the first rate-supported library in the UK, before moving to their current premises in 1857. The art galleries were subsequently added in 1877 and 1931. Warrington Museum & Art Gallery has the distinction of being one of the oldest municipal museums in the UK.

For further press enquiries and/or images please contact Roger Jeffery on t: 010925 442396 / e: rjeffery@culturewarrington.org