Spencer Tunick: Scope Out

This is the first time Spencer Tunick has made his artwork at the UK seaside and earlier in the year 3736 people voted to bring him to the town, with many of them signing up to be involved as participants.

The event, described by the artist as a “performative photographic action”, took place a few days prior to the exhibition at a secluded seaside location, with the English Channel as the backdrop. The 156 people, who have been selected to pose for photographic portraits, were then be presented with their own personal Scope at the Museums at Night event on 17th May, to keep as a souvenir of their involvement; a cherished memento of their seaside adventure with Spencer Tunick.

Spencer Tunick stages scenes in which the battle of nature against culture is played out against various backdrops, from civic centre to desert sandstorm, man and woman are returned to a preindustrial, pre-everything state of existence. Tunick has travelled the globe to create these still and video images of multiple nude figures in public settings. Organizing groups from a handful of participants to tens of thousands, all volunteers, is often logistically daunting; the subsequent images transcend ordinary categories and meld sculpture and performance in a new genre. His most notable installations have been commissioned by Art Basel, Switzerland (1999), Institut Cultura, Barcelona (2003), XXV Biennial de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002), The Saatchi Gallery in London (2003), MOCA Cleveland (2004) and Vienna Kunsthalle (2008).

Following the Museums at Night event on 17th May, the exhibition will be open to the public until 3rd June. Monday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm and Sundays: 11am - 4pm