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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Artists give tattoos to raise funds

Published 17/06/2014 | 12:12

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A drawing of one of the tattoos offered by The Chapman Brothers to members of the public who finance their latest show (The Art Fund/PA)
Jake and Dinos Chapman need to raise £25,000 to fund an exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery in their home town of Hastings in East Sussex

Fans of artistic duo the Chapman Brothers will be able to wear their art on their sleeve after they offered tattoos to members of the public who finance their latest show.

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The pair, whose previous work includes dressing mannequins in Nazi uniforms and using hundreds of toy soldiers to depict horrific war crimes, need to raise £25,000 to fund an exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery in their home town of Hastings in East Sussex.

The brothers, Jake and Dinos, are also offering designer loo rolls, signed posters and visits to their studio in exchange for cash.

The announcement promised "an unusual public programme of events to complement the exhibition" including "a tattoo parlour, terrifyingly manned by Jake Chapman".

Jerwood Gallery director Liz Gilmore said she wanted to bring "the Brothers Grimm of art" back to the town for "their biggest, baddest show yet".

She said: "I f you can contribute toward the show we will send you a special gift from the Chapman Brothers . You can get your hands on a range of rewards from signed exhibition posters to transfer tattoos".

The Jerwood gallery is one of five venues, including St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff and The Bowes Museum in County Durham, taking part in the Art Fund's Art Happens project which aims to reward art lovers who support the shows.

Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said: "Building on the Art Fund's historical success and recent experiments in digital crowd-funding, we are keen to use the tide of public engagement with museums to bring supporters ever closer to new, live museum projects.

"Through Art Happens anyone can be a patron as well as beneficiary of the arts. It's the start of a new chapter for UK museums in terms of both public fundraising and public participation."

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