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Art by Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry goes online from the Oriental Museum

(26 May 2020)

Just before Covid-19 hit, we opened a major new art exhibition at our Oriental Museum, featuring works by leading artists Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and David Hockney. The Museum is now temporarily closed due to Covid-19, but we’re pleased to announce you can now enjoy the exhibition online.

What is the exhibition?

A British Museum touring exhibition Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now explores how contemporary artists are increasingly returning to drawing to examine the modern world.

It includes works by leading artists Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and David Hockney.

In a first for the British Museum, its curators worked with counterparts from partner museums, including ourselves, to choose the exhibition’s themes and content.

Pushing Paper opened at the Oriental Museum, its first stop after London on a national tour, at the end of February, but had to be closed – along with Museum – in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pushing Paper online…

However, we’ve now moved exhibition online and been able to extend it to run until Wednesday 1 July.

On our website, you can take a virtual tour of the exhibition, or watch videos exploring each of the exhibition’s five themes, power and protest, systems and process, place and space, identity and time and memory.

There are also artistic and creative resources you can try at home.

Showcasing local talent

As well as 56 works from the British Museum’s collection and works from our own, the exhibition features art by students at Durham Sixth Form Centre, who were invited to submit drawings inspired by the themes of the exhibition.

Their art is also now available online via a video.

One of the young artists, Megan, 16, said having her work shown alongside Tracey Emin’s was “amazing”.

To access Pushing Paper online, please visit: