National Gallery study day

Discussion

At the end of the morning and afternoon sessions, there was also an opportunity for lively discussions and debates on topics such as:

• How museums fund the cost of temporary exhibitions
• Making lectures, study days and conferences activities available online at the Gallery and other national websites
• Creating ‘virtual’ exhibitions made available online
• The use of LED lighting, which save energy and last longer
• Tracey Chevalier’s residency and how such author residencies are facilitated
• Surveys such as Monkey Online to find out more about audiences
• The development of new audiences through special events in museums
• How the Associate Artist at the National Gallery is selected and administered
• Work placements
• How to make the collectors and patrons subject accessible to a broad audience
• Education and reaching out to secondary schools.

Q & A

One of the questions raised at the study day was whether or not the subject specialist network encompasses British art.

Mary Hersov responded that it does, providing that British art plays a role in the context of continental paintings. However, there are many other organisations that specifically support British art such as the National Portrait Gallery’s subject specialist network: British Portraiture, Tate Britain and the Yale Centre for
British Art.

 
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