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LATEST NEWS: Sarah Maple's painting 'Empire' has joined the permanent collection at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Art 50 Artist Sarah Maple created the work 'Empire' to look at her personal past within the context of the British Empire. Exhibited during the Art 50 festival at the Baltic in Gateshead, it has now been accepted into the permanent collection at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

''I’m overjoyed to announce my painting ‘The Past Is Now’ is now part of the permanent collection @birmingham_mag. I made this work in response to ‘What does it mean to be British?’ for @skyarts and was exhibited @balticgateshead 2019. This is a portrait of me with my parents. This work came about from my frustration over recent years with this idea of who has the ‘right’ to call Britain home. I think there is a huge lack of understanding of our own history. This painting explores the complex role of the British Empire in the construction of Modern British culture and identity.

You can see more about her journey to painting this piece for Art 50 here.

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What is Art 50?

The outcome of the Brexit referendum stimulated a widespread debate about our national identity, with many people looking to express how they feel about our nation as we approach a future outside the EU.

50 projects funded by Sky Arts on this topic were showcased in four programmes on TV in March 2019. They were presented by Stephen Mangan, Joan Bakewell and Vick Hope. These are now available on Sky Catch Up and On Demand.

Art 50: The Sound of Britain premiered the music and dance projects

Art 50: A Picture of Britain looked at the visual art projects

Art 50: Britain on Film showcased the works of film makers

Art 50: The Voice of Britain explored the works of poets and playwrights

They were also reversioned into a series called The British that divided up into themes looking at Values, Youth, Race, Class, Humour and Nations

Many of our projects and artists including Nitin Sawhney, Hanbury & Groves, Dancexchange, Boy Blue and Lemn Sissay were seen in February 2019 at Art 50 festivals in February at the Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Barbican in London.

An estimated 9000 people came to the Barbican Openfest:Art 50!

Find out more about the Sky Arts Art 50 scheme by clicking the ABOUT tab