The Classic and the Modern arrive in Sunderland’s art galleries in 2015

Carrying on the tradition of internationally acclaimed art being exhibited in Sunderland’s art galleries Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will be welcoming the National Gallery’s Canaletto’s ‘A Regatta on the Grand Canal’ as part of their Masterpiece Tour and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will be welcoming ‘The Decorator and the Thief’ to the main gallery and Michael Mulvihill, who recently contributed to the exhibition ‘They Used to Call it the Moon’ at the Baltic, will be exhibiting his art based on the Vulcan XL319 aircraft in the Project Space.

In July 2015 Canaletto’s ‘A Regatta on the Grand Canal’ will leave its home at the National Gallery and go on tour as part of the Masterpiece Tour. A tour which brings the popular National Gallery paintings to the public in a commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible. The tour is made possible by the very generous support of Christie’s.

Jo Cunningham, Museums Manager, says

“We are delighted to have been chosen to display A Regatta on the Grand Canal by Canaletto.  This stunning painting from the National Gallery will be a fabulous attraction, bringing a national loan to a regional audience. Sunderland Museum aims to show world class exhibitions which interest and excite our visitors. Sunderland developed at the mouth of the River Wear and the river was integral to its development and prosperity. The Canaletto painting will be shown in our art gallery alongside our panoramic river paintings depicting local Victorian ceremonial scenes”

A couple of minutes walk from Sunderland Museum is the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art are currently showing the very well received ‘Emotional Resources’ and ‘s.w.a.l.k. (sealed with a loving kiss)’. In January however they will be replaced by the ‘Decorator and the Thief’ and work by Michael Mulvihill.

The ‘Decorator and the Thief’ convenes work from the Arts Council Collection alongside newly commissioned works that explore the intersection between art, design and craft. Many outstanding artists have contributed to this exhibition including; Keith Arnatt, Claire Barclay, Angela Bulloch, Peter Davies, Leo Fitzmaurice, Barry Flanagan, Margaret Mellis, Giorgio Sadotti, Jacqui Poncelet, Susie Green, CommonRoom, Yelena Popova, with more to be confirmed.

Michael Mulvihill will stage a solo exhibition presenting a series of new works which will bring together a series of drawings based on the Vulcan XL319 aircraft. The exhibition recalls his fascination with the Cold War and by appropriating the iconography of the Vulcan aircraft and reframing it, Mulvihill conflates global histories with a more personal tenor.

With these and other exhibitions yet to be confirmed Sunderland continues into 2015 presenting great art to the people of the North East and beyond.


Find out more about Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Find out more about the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Find out more about The National Gallery.

Find out more about The National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tour.

Find out more about The Masterpiece Tour at Sunderland Museum.

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