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14.02.02

FACTUAL & ARTS TV

Painting The Weather – Television’s first interactive exhibition from BBC FOUR from April 2002

Constable, Van Gogh, El Greco, Degas, John Martin, Hiroshige - works from some of the world’s best loved artists come together in television’s first interactive exhibition, Painting The Weather.


BBC Four and the National Gallery, together with another 50 museums and galleries throughout the UK, are collaborating in this unique venture. Through BBCi – the new name for all the BBC’s interactive services – viewers and web users can enjoy much loved and unfamiliar works in their own homes.


In Painting The Weather, 110 paintings, by more than 80 artists, portray every aspect of the weather. Housed in public collections around the country, from Orkney to Cornwall, the works have never before been exhibited collectively and, because of fragility and transportation issues, could never be exhibited in one place. Until now…


The centre of the project is the unique web exhibition allowing visitors to take their own virtual tour through the works. The exhibition is curated by the National Gallery, with special in-depth commentary on 15 key works by its Director Neil MacGregor. A high quality zoom facility enables visitors to examine paintings in incredible detail. Biographies of the artists, and further information on the paintings and galleries, are available on the site. Weatherman Bill Giles gives his reading of the weather featured in many of the works. The site can be accessed through bbc.co.uk/paintingtheweather, and there will also be a link from BBCi’s weather homepage www.bbc.co.uk/weather.


On BBC Four, Painting The Weather documentaries examine the collection thematically through different weather types: Changeable, Storm, Sun and Rain. Filmed at galleries throughout the country, the series explores many of the paintings featured in the exhibition, including Turner’s The Snowstorm, Monet’s Haystacks, Gillian Ayres’s Midsummer, Hokusai’s A Sudden Gust of Wind, and Howard Hodgkin’s The Storm. Gallery curators and art historians reveal more about the works and their creators; and art lovers share their enthusiasm for their favourite works and favourite galleries.


In addition, viewers can explore key works from the exhibition further. Differing levels of service are available to digital satellite, digital terrestrial and digital cable viewers through BBCi.


Digital satellite (sky)
· Video explorations of more than 30 of the works featured in the Painting The Weather exhibition.
· Commentary and soundtrack allow viewers to explore and re-explore favourite works.
· Access via the red key on the remote control, or by navigating through the BBCi bar.
· Painting The Weather runs on digital satellite for two weeks.


Digital Cable
· Forty paintings based on the programme themes of Changeable, Storm, Sun and Rain
· Access via the interactive key on the remote control.
· Available for six months from the weather page of the BBC’s digital cable service.


Digital Terrestrial
· A "Picture of the Day" which changes every day.
· Access by pressing red key on the remote control.
· Available for two weeks.


A catalogue which extends the themes of the BBC Four Painting The Weather television series will be published to coincide with this innovative exhibition. Offering more in-depth information on themes raised in the programmes, the catalogue also offers further information on all aspects of the visual arts.



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