After a series of successful exhibitions in Britain and Italy, The Museum of Everything launched Exhibition #4 at Selfridges in 2011. Consistently voted Europe’s number one department store, Selfridges had an history of hosting arts and educational projects, dating back to its founder. Partnering with the organisation, The Museum of Everything designed installations for all the windows of the building, curated a 3,000 square foot exhibition space with over 400 artworks, installed a solo show of artist Judith Scott in the former Selfridges Hotel, and finally, created a 1,000 square foot retail space where it sold products based around the project and its artists.
With 100,000 visitors, Exhibition #4 became the first major contemporary survey of international studios for self-taught artists. It focussed on the collaborative nature of the ateliers - many of whose artists have developmental and other disabilities - and even held live workshops.
The museum produced a series of films of the workshops which were screened inside the show. A book was published with contributions from artist Cindy Sherman, curators Massimiliano Gioni and Lynne Cooke and psychologist Adam Phillips. Talks held during the project featured artist Antony Gormley, curator Ralph Rugoff, art historian Roger Cardinal and journalist and moderator Jon Snow. The Judith Scott exhibition was also included in BBC’s The Culture Show at Frieze.
The museum set up The Workshops of Everything as an charitable initiative to showcase the studios and their artists, and to enable them to sell to collectors, galleries and museums. The project is also a travelling gallery which participates in art fairs worldwide.