We want Rankin!

The Holburne Museum and No. 1 Royal Crescent have joined forces to help bring the acclaimed portrait and fashion photographer Rankin to Bath.

The Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum

Rankin has chosen the city as one of four places he would like to work for the annual Museums at Night national event, but where he finally photographs is all down to a public vote.

© Rankin
© Rankin

Portraiture, celebrity and the concept of beauty are all themes key to the collections at The Holburne Museum and No. 1 Royal Crescent and these themes are clearly apparent in Rankin’s contemporary photography.

He’s photographed everyone from Madonna to Tony Blair and the Queen. He has also shot some world-renowned campaigns including Nike, Umbro and Coca Cola. He has made television commercials and documentaries.

The Holburne Museum is renowned for its eighteenth-century British portraits, most notably by Ramsay, Stubbs, Zoffany and Gainsborough that depict Bath’s Georgian Celebrities.

No. 1 Royal Crescent will launch its new exhibition ‘Portrait of a Lady?’ which explores the representation of women in the C18th including figures of fame and notoriety.

Bath Preservation Trust's "Georgian House" at Number 1 Royal Crescent.
Bath Preservation Trust’s “Georgian House” at Number 1 Royal Crescent.

Event organisers at the two Museums said, ‘We’d like Rankin to photograph the people of Bath and we’ll digitally display or project his photographs at both our Museums. Who Rankin photographs is up to him. Maybe it could be you but without your vote we will never know!

Simply click on this link to vote. www.culture24.org.uk/places-to-go/museums-at-night/art462295-Connect10-Vote-Rankin  Voting begins on January 14th. After entering your email address, you will be asked to secure your vote by moving the icons.’

Museums at Night is the annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. It takes place over the weekend of Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 May 2014.