Westminster Reference Library is to be the new permanent home for Turning ‘ages, what a fitting tribute and perfect location for the touring artwork.
The library is situated just off Leicester Square in the heart of London’s West End. Containing over 55,000 books, and a plethora of other material, it is a wonderful arts specialist library and hosts ancestral documentation helping many people to trace their ancestors.
After two years touring central libraries in the UK, Turning ‘ages has for now come to the end of it’s touring life and taken up a permanent residence in this wonderful library. A seminal work for the collective LIGAR, Turning ‘ages has done a wonderful job collating and documenting the public’s opinion about the changing relationship we have with books and libraries. Also celebrating ancestry and connection, the work asks us to think about our relationship with each other, at the same time gently reminding us of the love affair we have with the printed word and how we now store our memories and keepsakes.
A perfect setting for the comment made by Turning ‘ages, Westminster Reference Library is built on the site of Isaac Newton’s house and observatory, and will become part of this amazing library’s collection.
It is such a honour as an artist who explores time, space and connection to have this seminal work housed in such a prestigious and significant setting.
The library has a collection of over 55,000 books covering the performing arts, a third of which are available to borrow. The collection also has a wide range of film, theatre, dance, radio & TV publications, some (such as The Stage and Era) going back to the 19th century. The amalgamation of the arts and sciences, as a documented comment, is a tribute to all that we are. Thank you Westminster Reference Library, it truly is a privilege.