Take a painting home! – Sunderland art project will see pieces of work available to loan

The Art Lending Library
The Art Lending Library
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PICK up a painting as the Art Lending Library arrives in Sunderland.

A public procession will mark the opening reception of the arts project, which gives people the unique opportunity to borrow art works for free to enjoy at home.

It will start at noon on Saturday from High Street West to the City Library, with an opening reception taking place at 1pm.

Workplaces will also be able to borrow art from the The Art Lending Library, which was developed by artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich and Market Gallery.

It will be based in the entrance to Sunderland City Library and is a modular structure, made up of detachable wooden crates each filled with an artwork.

It includes paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, as well as video, and even performance.

The Art Lending Library follows the model of a public lending library, where members of the public can join free of charge to then select an artwork to be delivered, and installed, in a place of their choosing.

Zoe said: “The project stands in resistance to the tide of narrowing access to the arts and education, by creating an egalitarian place where art can be borrowed and enjoyed by everyone.”

The Art Lending Library was originally conceived by Market Gallery for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art in 2012. This exhibition includes artists from the inaugural show as well as additional local, national and international artists selected by curators from Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

The project has been made possible through the generosity of participating artists in gifting their works to the people of the City of Sunderland, for the duration of the exhibition.

Designers Sophie Dyer and Sebastian Gorton Kalvik developed an online map that will be updated throughout the exhibition, to show in real time the journeys the artworks take.

The map, as well as further information about all the works available to borrow, can be viewed at www.artlendinglibrary.org.uk

l The Art Lending Library is at City Library until June 6.