Martin Creed art commission for Tate Members, two postcards © Martin Creed
Every two years, an artist represented in the Tate collection is invited to become the Tate Members commissioned artist. This unique commission was conceived as a way of recognising and celebrating the vital support Tate Members provide to the four Tate galleries – a remarkable £10.8 million in the last year alone. Previous commissioned artists include David Shrigley, Jim Lambie, Fiona Rae and Chris Ofili.
Martin Creed has produced a suite of colourful new works for the commission that have been used to create a new collectable membership gift pack. Creed has also taken over the Members Room at Tate Modern, covering every wall and ceiling surface with a series of different wall paintings. Further new works are featured on membership cards and across materials sent to Members. Creed will also be performing at Tate Modern as part Tate Members Weekend in early December.
Creed has a long association with Tate. He won the Turner Prize in 2001, exhibiting Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, which has since been acquired for the Tate collection. His Work No.850 saw athletes sprinting through the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.
Martin Creed said: “To me, the main problem is that life is difficult. The most common feeling, to me, is a bad feeling and I go to work to try and not feel like that. So anything I can do to make my life better, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, is really worth trying to do. That’s all I’m trying to do, is to make my life better… colours help, they make me happy.”
The new Tate Members artist commission will run until September 2017.