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Tania Kovats: Museum of the White Horse

The Museum of the White Horse was a personal response by Tania Kovats to our historic and ongoing fascination with the Uffington White Horse, an ancient monument carved into the chalk downland in southwest Oxfordshire, and comprised a travelling landscape museum housed in a converted horsebox.

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The Museum contained a collection of artefacts and materials relating to the Uffington White Horse and white horses more generally, and for five months it toured to ten locations across central southern England, including White Horse Hill, Uffington White Horse Show, Cheltenham and Newbury racecourses, Natural History Museum, London and other museums and galleries.

During the course of the tour more than 5,000 visitors passed through its doors, and drawings and objects from the Museum were subsequently purchased for the Arts Council Collection, the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world.

The interest in and success of the project convinced the Ruskin School of Art to produce a book that recorded not just the Museum of the White Horse, but all of the artist’s major works to date. The monograph was published in collaboration with Lund Humphries and featured contributions from the artist and curator Jeremy Millar and the writer and broadcaster Philip Hoare. The project was also the subject of a documentary by filmmaker David Bickerstaff.

Commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art in collaboration with the School of Archaeology and Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and supported by funding from Arts Council England, English Heritage, The Leverhulme Trust, The National Trust, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford Exhibition Services, Tom Brown’s School Museum, Vale of White Horse District Council, Van Houten Fund and the White Horse Brewery.