Magazine article Art Monthly

Barn

Magazine article Art Monthly

Barn

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On March 28, at an event at Tate Britain organised by the Littoral arts trust, Richard Hamilton announced plans to save Kurt Schwitters' Merzbarn site on the Cylinders Estate at Elterwater near Ambleside in the Lake District, over 40 years after he had organised the removal and conservation of the Merzbarn's crumbling installation and its reinstallation at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle. The first phase of the campaign's plan aims to raise 500,000 [pounds sterling] to buy the barn and surrounding land, and carry out some emergency restoration work to both the site and surrounding woodlands so that it is made safe and accessible to artists, scholars and the general public. At the Tate, Hamilton was able to announce that the Northern Rock Foundation has offered 150,000 [pounds sterling] towards Littoral's initial fundraising project and that Damien Hirst--who was famously inspired by Schwitters before he went to Goldsmiths--has donated one of his 'Spin' paintings, which is valued at between 80,000 [pounds sterling] and 120,000. In donating this painting, Hirst has issued a challenge to other British and international artists to donate art works in support of a fundraising appeal charity auction. …

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