Gavin Turk at The Bowes Museum

On Friday 24th January Gavin Turk will open his first solo exhibition of his neon work at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. The Bowes Museum has always been a real gem in the North East Art crown and has personally been a source of inspiration for me for many projects throughout college and university. As well as permanent exhibitions (which range from classical to modern art) the museum also houses temporary displays with previous residents including Damien Hirst and Vivienne Westwood. At the end of this month it's the turn of Gavin Turk who will showcase his exhibition named "Seven billion two hundred and one million nine hundred and sixty-four thousand two hundred and thirty-eight" within the 19th century backdrop. The name of the exhibition hardly rolls off the tongue but it is in reference to the fact that on the day the exhibition opens the worlds population will stand at 7,201,964,238.

This collaboration was first mentioned by Turk way back in 2012 in an interview with Art Wednesday so it's been a few years in the making. It will comprise of neon work completed between 1995 and 2013. Curated by former Turner Prize judge (and Yorkshire inhabitant) Greville Worthington, the work will be showcased in darkened rooms to allow the true impact of the neons to be seen. 

As well as showcasing previous work from Turk, the Bowes Museum is wanting to create a newly commissioned piece for the exhibition and it's looking to crowd-funding to help accomplish this.

They are aiming to raise £6,000 which will go towards the creation and installation of the work at the front of the building of the numbers "7,201,964,238You can pledge anything between £5 to £1,000 with special donator prizes for certain price points, a fantastic incentive to get people to back the bid. You can view the Kickstarter project here.

A private viewing of the exhibition will take place on Friday 24th January, with viewing open to the general public on Saturday 25th January until 21st April 2014. Find out more by visiting the Bowes Museum website.

Thanks for reading.


  1. That's quite a staggering fact, but how on earth do people work this out?

    Buckets & Spades