The Multiple Store: editions by major contemporary artists (1998-2016)
Over the period 1998 to 2016, The Multiple Store commissioned new limited editions (most in 3-D) by leading contemporary artists including Turner Prize nominees Fiona Banner, Anya Gallaccio, Langlands & Bell, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare MBE, David Shrigley and Alison Wilding and Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey.
The Multiple Store was started in 1999 as an independent not-for- profit company (company limited by guarantee) by founders Nicholas Sharp and Sally Townsend. Our aims were to commission new work by some of the best contemporary British artists, to encourage a culture of collecting by selling our editions as inexpensively as possible; and to provide opportunities for artists to explore new materials and processes.
We gained a reputation is for producing high quality, collectible artwork. The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Yale Center for British Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the British Council are among the many major international collections that purchased our editions.
Our editions were exhibited at many major venues including; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
We were based in the School of Art, Central Saint Martins College, London from 1999 to 2003.
We held our final show in London in November 2016.
In February 2018 the Trustees of Tate accepted our offer to donate one of each of our editions 1998-2014 to Tate Archive, the national archive of British art; these, together with the accompanying documentation, are now housed at Tate Britain where they will be available as an educational and learning resource, and for exhibition loans. Once catalogued, all the material will be available in person at the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain, and online via the Archive’s database (http://archive.tate.org.uk) under the title of The Multiple Store.