Mead Art Gallery
The first works in the University of Warwick Collection were purchased in 1965 when the university was founded. The collection now consists of over 800 art works and includes work by some of the most interesting artists of the last 50 years. It is spread across buildings on campus to allow staff, students and visitors the opportunity to encounter art works on a daily basis. Photography is an important strand of the collection and includes work by Susan Derges, Fay Godwin, Sarah Jones, Melanie Manchot, David Moore, Hannah Starkey and Wolfgang Tillmans. A recent emphasis has been placed on developing the collection with a more global perspective to reflect the increased intake of international students.
The Contemporary Art Society’s support of the acquisition Blue Book No 5 by Indian artist Dayanita Singh acts as the perfect starting point for this new global display and will help to raise the profile of the University of Warwick’s photography collection. Singh’s Blue Book series consists of 23 large-scale photographs, depicting industrial landscapes in India. In addition, Blue Book exists as a postcard-book presented by Dreamvilla Productions. The series is Singh’s first departure from her renowned black and white family portraits and, at the same time, is her first venture into colour. Blue Book No 5 provides a wealth of ideas for companion pieces which will be displayed in the University of Warwick’s art collection in the future.