A private view opened yesterday (September 17, 2012) in Kuwait “Out of Britain” exhibition showing artworks from the British Council collection (organization: The British Council, Contemporary Art Platform and the National Council for Culture Arts and Letters). The show continues through October 25th bringing together, for the first time in Kuwait, 52 key-artworks selected from the British Council Collection. Spanning a period of almost one hundred years of creativity by significant British artists, the works on display take as a common theme the landscapes of the British Isles.

Structured around an imagined journey the display begins in the city and lead out into the countryside to follow the coastline before ultimately returning to an urban landscape. The works in the show illustrate individual artist’s attempts to find their place amongst an ever-changing environment where they are often driven to challenge traditional ways of interpreting and framing the landscape.

In parallel to the “Out of Britain” the British Council in collaboration with CAP Kuwait, will host “Landscapes Expanded”, a programme of events and lectures that will explore the themes of landscape in different art forms. David Rayson, featured artist in “Out of Britain”, will be the first to present a lecture about his work ( September 18, 7pm, The Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait). Rayson’s work relates directly to the visual potential of the everyday, enabling the ordinary to be realised as fantastic. David Rayson was appointed professor and head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2006. He is a practising artist, tutor and curator and his work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. His work is included in major collections including the Tate, Whitechapel Art Gallery, British Council, Deutsche Bank, Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Art Society.




 Photo: David Rayson, from Ashmore Park to Wednesfield : “The Jet Bench”