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Art Lending Library - Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich

A project by Market Gallery and Walker & Bromwich

Project dates:  5 May - 13 June 2015

Opening parade: 12 noon, Saturday 16 May 2015 

Join the artists on a public walk from High Street West to the City Library at midday on Saturday 16 May, to celebrate the opening of the Art Lending Library.

The Art Lending Library developed by artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich and Market Gallery offers a unique opportunity to borrow artworks for free to enjoy at home, or in the workplace.

The Art Lending Library will be based in the entrance to Sunderland City Library and is a modular structure made up of detachable wooden crates each filled with an artwork. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, as well as video, and even performance. The Art Lending Library follows the model of a public lending library where members of the public can join free of charge to then select an artwork to be delivered and installed in a place of their choosing. As the artists remark, "the project stands in resistance to the tide of narrowing access to the arts and education by creating an egalitarian place where art can be borrowed and enjoyed by everyone."

The Art Lending Library was originally conceived by Market Gallery for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art in 2012. This exhibition includes artists from the inaugural show as well as additional local, national and international artists selected by curators from Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. The project has been made possible through the generosity of participating artists in gifting their works to the people of the City of Sunderland for the duration of the exhibition.

Beagles and Ramsay, Vicki Bennett, Sophie Lisa Beresford, Oliver Braid, Kathryn Brame, Debbie Bower, Jemima Brown, Rachael Clewlow, Katy Cole, Fiona Crisp, Romany Dear, Roos Dijkhuizen, Graham Dolphin, Jacqueline Donachie and Roderick Buchanan, Bill Drummond, Graeme Durant, Peter J. Evans, Graham Fagen, Alec Finlay, Dryden Goodwin, Sandy Grant, Susie Green, Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Henna-Rikka Halonen, Dean Hughes, Ben Jeans Houghton, Kevin Hunt, James Hutchinson, Nick Kennedy, Paul Alexander Knox, Dawn Lehrer, Edwin Li, Kate Liston, Rachel Maclean, Ewan Manson, Russell Maurice, James McLardy, Michael Mulvihill, Tom Nolan, Joanna Piotrowska, Ciara Philips, Marjolaine Ryley, Andro Semeiko, David Sherry, Calum Stirling, Pilvi Takala, Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan, Dean Turnbull, Mark Vernon and Ian Middleton, Yu-Chen Wang, and Eleanor Wright.

Designers Sophie Dyer & Sebastian Gorton Kalvik developed an online map that will be updated throughout the exhibition to show in real time the journeys the artworks take as they spread across the borough. The map, as well as further information about all the works available to borrow, can be viewed at

To join the library and borrow a work, please speak to one of our Art Lending Library librarians in the entrance to the City Library.

The Art Lending Library tour is produced by Iain Pate and supported by Arts Council England.

Opening Times:
Weekdays 9:30 - 5:00, late openings Wednesdays until 7:00pm
Saturdays 10:00 - 4:00
Closed Sundays and bank holiday weekends.

Art Lending Library is funded by Arts Council England.



Image courtesy of Colin Gray