PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh International Travel Cooperative, headed by VisitPITTSBURGH and Pittsburgh International Airport, is hosting Pittsburgh Art on the Bank, running June 2-9. This multi-disciplinary pop-up art exhibition in the heart of London’s Southbank neighborhood will showcase an immersive collection from 12 well-known Pittsburgh-based artists and was made possible through the work of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Arts and Culture at Pittsburgh International Airport.
This week-long exhibition is intended to increase awareness of the British Airways year-round nonstop flight from Heathrow to Pittsburgh and coincides with the airline’s centennial celebrations. Overseen and curated by a panel of Pittsburgh arts administrators, the exciting program features original tapestry pieces, digital installations, visual poems on acrylic, canvas oil paintings and archived photography. Southbank is an ideal area for this event as it’s a hub for art and culture in London and attracts a high number of art enthusiasts.
In addition to VisitPITTSBURGH and Pittsburgh International Airport, the Pittsburgh International Travel Cooperative includes the Butler County Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Visit Washington County, Visit Monroeville, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Idea Foundry and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The Cooperative works closely with London PR agency, Black Diamond, to help tell the fascinating story of the Pittsburgh region.
“We are absolutely delighted to showcase Pittsburgh artists and their works in one of London’s most popular neighborhoods,” said Tom Loftus, chief marketing officer at VisitPITTSBURGH. “It is just one of many things that ties Pittsburgh to London, and now with the non-stop British Airways flight from Heathrow to Pittsburgh, residents of both the U.K. and the Greater Pittsburgh region can see for themselves. We want to share with the world Pittsburgh’s impressive arts and culture scene, which truly differentiates us from other cities.”
"Flight opens up the world to a myriad of experiences, and Pittsburgh is home to a robust arts and cultural community,” said Rachel Rearick, Arts & Culture Manager, Pittsburgh International Airport. “We are confident that the representative artworks for Art on the Bank will give people in London a flavor of what they can experience when they visit Pittsburgh."
Added highlights during the week-long exhibit include a series of free silk-screening sessions, available on a first-come, first-served basis, allowing visitors to explore Andy Warhol’s signature technique, and take away an iconic print on a tote bag. There will also be the opportunity to take part in an exclusive ‘in conversation with’ session with one of the artists, as well as Donald Warhola, Andy Warhol’s nephew.
Jonah Whitaker, Black Diamond Head of Creative and Strategy said, “Together with VisitPITTSBURGH and partners, we are thrilled to bring an interdisciplinary exhibition to London that showcases the city’s diverse talent and artistry. Pittsburgh Art on the Bank will provide Londoners with a glimpse into one of the best arts and cultural destinations in the U.S. that has earned its reputation as a must-visit destination for creative pioneers. Now with British Airways offering year-round direct flights from London Heathrow to Pittsburgh, the steel city has never been closer.”
Regional artists were identified through a committee that was comprised of members from the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the Office of Public Art and Pittsburgh International Airport Arts and Culture Department. A panel of arts administrators throughout the region had the difficult task of assisting with the final selections. All selected artists are paid a fee for use of their artwork, and all reproduction and installation costs are covered.
“Pittsburgh's arts and cultural offerings are world class and welcoming to all,” said Mitch Swain, CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. “There's something here for everyone and new experiences to be found at every corner of this city. We’re proud to have Pittsburgh artists elevated to the world stage in London.”
Throughout the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to win a five-night trip for two to Pittsburgh and admission to a selection of the city’s top galleries and museums. To enter, visitors must share a selfie with their favorite piece of art on Instagram using the hashtag #PITartonthebank, @visitpittsburgh and @british_airways. For additional details, check out visitpittsburgh.com/art-on-the-bank.
The artists and the pieces they represent:
Alisha Wormsley - "There Are Black People In The Future," 2015
Bill Shannon - “The Conversation” – An Excerpt from Bill Shannon’s “Touch Update”
Crystal Latimer - “Untitled with Parrots (The First Voyage),” 2019
Ed Piskor - “Flash on the wheels of steel,” 2013
Felix De La Concha - "At the Foot of the Falls," 2006
Mia Tarducci - “A Time in Space,” 2017
Peter Paul Rubens - Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Conde, c.1609
Teenie Harris - Photograph
Terry Boyd - “A Dreamless Sleep. Forever, and Ever,” 2018
Thad Mosley - Sculptures
Tina Williams Brewer - "Tributaries of Genius"
Yona Harvey - “All. Right. With. Me,” 2019
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency for Allegheny County. It is dedicated to generating convention, trade show, sports events and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region. VisitPITTSBURGH.com
Pittsburgh International Travel Cooperative
To raise awareness of the Pittsburgh region and Pittsburgh International Airport to potential international travelers, the International Travel Cooperative was formed. Founding members are Pittsburgh International Airport, VisitPITTSBURGH, Visit Washington County, Butler County Visitors Bureau and Idea Foundry. Later, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Visit Monroeville and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development became partners.
The Cooperative’s goals are three-fold: Increased travel/tourism, improved inward investment and increased air service to facilitate them both. It focuses its marketing efforts on cities and countries that have current nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International Airport as well as potential new markets where service would be beneficial to the goals of the organization. With the assistance of PR and Tourism agencies in London and Germany, the group identifies strategies and tactics that will best promote Pittsburgh to new audiences of travelers. This awareness will drive visitation and create a positive impact on the Greater Pittsburgh economy.
Arts and Culture at Pittsburgh International Airport
The Art in the Airport program at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is dedicated to showcasing a dynamic array of work produced by local, regional, national, and international artists. The current interior exhibition spaces are designated for local and regional artists and provide a sample of the Pittsburgh arts community within the airport. Additionally, PIT features sculptures and installation work by renowned regional, national, and international artists. The program is part of the airport's commitment to creating a sense of place, by connecting to the region that it serves. Learn more at Flypitsburgh.com/art.
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) champions the arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania, providing financial, professional, and political support for the arts and culture sector. Comprised of more than 400 diverse artists and nonprofit organizations, GPAC offers valuable research, legal and business consulting, networking and professional development opportunities so that artists, as well as arts leaders and organizations, can grow their skills and advance their practice. GPAC provides grants for artists and arts organizations, leads the region’s arts advocacy at the local, state, and national level, and models best practices for accessibility and equity in the arts. Learn more at PittsburghArtsCouncil.org