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Bridget Riley helps students access British Museum gems

The artist's foundation is funding a three-year project to bring the museum's drawings to students outside London

by Javier Pes  |  26 December 2015
Bridget Riley helps students access British Museum gems
Bridget Riley, in front of one of her paintings, 1979. Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images
The artist Bridget Riley, known for her striped paintings, was introduced to the British Museum’s collection of Old Master and Modern drawings as a student at Goldsmiths more than 60 years ago. Now, Riley’s foundation is funding a three-year project that has allowed around 500 university students to discover the collection. The initiative, one of the first projects funded by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation, will support two curatorial positions in the museum’s prints and drawings department and a touring exhibition of drawings aimed at art students beyond London. Three venues in Poole, Hull and Northern Ireland have been confirmed for the UK-wide tour starting in late 2016. Riley’s evolution from figuration to abstraction is currently being explored in an exhibition at London’s Courtauld Gallery (Bridget Riley: Learning from Seurat, until 17 January 2016).

• In our article “Bridget Riley helps students access British Museum gems” (The Art Newspaper, January, p21), we incorrectly stated that the UK tour of drawings from the British Museum collection, which is supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation, will start in 2017. It will start later this year. 

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