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Made in Britain at The National Museum of Poland, Gdansk, Priseman Seabrook Collection


A major new exhibition opens at The National Museum of Poland, Gdańsk on the 14th March 2019 which aims to show just how integral Europe has been to the British painting tradition.

Titled “Made in Britain” the exhibition features over 80 paintings by artists from across the UK including works by Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Susan Gunn, Cathy Lomax, Matthew Krishanu and Narbi Price.

The show draws works from the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21stCentury British Painting, which was set up in 2014 by Robert Priseman and his wife Ally Seabrook. An official partner of Art UK, the collection contains more than 120 paintings from over 100 artists, and has now become the very first collection of art dedicated to 21st century British painting in the UK.

First displayed at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2015 the collection toured Nanjing, Yantai and Tianjin in China between 2017 – 2018. Robert says: “The collection has enabled us to uncover a number of significant themes, one of which is when we look to the past, we notice how many of the greatest painters who practiced in the UK were born abroad, including Hans Holbein from Germany, Anthony van Dyck from Belgium and more recently Paula Rego who was born in Portugal. Indeed, it is this international influence which has probably helped create such a vibrant tradition in the genre in Britain. In the 21st century we see this strand of internationalism continuing in British painting.”

Made in Britain: 82 Painters of the 21stCentury, opens at The National Museum, The Green Gate, Długi Targ 24, 80-828 Gdańsk, Poland on the 14thMarch and runs until the 2nd June 2019.

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