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Gallery of Lost Art wins international prize

Date: 25/03/2013

The Gallery of the Lost Art has won the Art prize the SXSW Interactive Awards. The SXSW the world's biggest music, film and creative technologies festival, held annually in Austin, Texas.

The Gallery of Lost Art tells the fascinating stories of artworks that have disappeared. Destroyed, stolen, discarded, rejected, erased, ephemeral – some of the most significant artworks of the last 100 years have been lost and can no longer be seen. Visitors to this virtual exhibition enter a large warehouse where photographs, newspaper cuttings, letters, images and films are laid out for examination, revealing the last traces of lost works by over forty artists across the twentieth century, including such figures as Marcel Duchamp, Otto Dix, Joan Miró, Willem de Kooning, Rachel Whiteread and Tracey Emin.

The project is a collaboration between Tate Media and Tate Research, and was designed with Glasgow-based creative agency ISO, with funding from Channel 4 and The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The SXSW Interactive Awards competition ‘uncovers the best new digital work, from mobile and tablet apps to websites and installations, while celebrating those who are building tomorrow's interactive trends.’ The Gallery of Lost Art won against stiff competition including from Google and Disney.

Jane Burton, Creative Director, Tate Media, was in Austin, Texas, to receive the award. She commented: 'The SXSW Interactive Awards are highly coveted, so it's fantastic to know that The Gallery of Lost Art stood out for the judges. The whole project has been a wonderful collaboration, bringing research into this fascinating area of art history to the attention of a much wider audience, and at the same time, creatively exploring a new approach to the presentation of art online.

When Susan Amor (AHRC Head of Knowledge Exchange) first heard of Tate's proposal, she was instantly encouraging, giving the team confidence to forge ahead with an application. We are enormously grateful for the support of the AHRC, which allowed Jennifer Mundy, Head of Collection Research at Tate, to undertake the extensive research on which the project is founded. This award is a lovely acknowledgement and celebration for everyone involved at Tate, our design agency ISO, Channel 4, and the AHRC.'

Explore The Gallery of Lost Art.

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