Michael Armitage has been named as the designer of a new £1 coin which will enter circulation in 2023, marking the coin's 40th anniversary and celebrating the 'culture, and creativity, heritage and history' of the UK in the 21st century. Armitage was chosen by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on advice provided by an independent panel with expertise in coin design and art.
Armitage said, 'It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Royal Mint on the design of the new £1 coin. It is an honour to be part of the lineage of coin-making in the United Kingdom and I am grateful to the Chancellor and the selection panel for the opportunity to contribute to this history in considering what it is to be part of Great Britain today.'
'You, Who Are Still Alive', a major solo presentation of the artist's work, opens at Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland on 20 May 2022 and continues at White Cube Bermondsey in September 2022.