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New Acquisitions 2011-2021 exhibition at City Art Gallery

18 Sep 2021

From 24 September, Southampton City Art Gallery will stage New Acquisitions 2011-21: Narrative, Figure and Place, an exhibition looking at three prominent themes in the last ten years of the gallery’s collecting. 2021 marks a decade since the centenary of our founding bequest, made by Councillor Robert Chipperfield in 1911. The show follows Creating a … Continue reading

Creating a National Collection #5 Claude Monet

13 May 2021

Hi, my name is Jemma, Curatorial Trainee with the National Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery. Today I wanted to talk more about the pairing of two paintings by Claude Monet which will appear together for the first time in the upcoming exhibition Creating a National Collection. Claude Monet was a leading French Impressionist landscape … Continue reading

Creating a National Collection #4 Sofonisba Anguissola

5 May 2021

Hello! My name is Giulia Calvi, I am a student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, currently halfway through my master’s degree in Curating the Art Museum. I grew up in Northern Italy, in a small town on Lake Maggiore not too distant from the Swiss border, before moving to the UK to study Philosophy … Continue reading

Creating a National Collection #3 Thomas Gainsborough, a Pair of Portraits

20 Apr 2021

Corinna Henderson, Curatorial Trainee partnered with Museums Sheffield Welcome to week three of the Creating a National Collection blog. My name’s Corinna and I’m a Curatorial Trainee at the National Gallery, partnered with Museums Sheffield. I’ll be taking a closer look at two portraits in the exhibition by one of England’s finest eighteenth-century portraitists, Thomas … Continue reading

Creating a National Collection #2 – Researching the Relationship

14 Apr 2021

Hello! I’m Susanna Avery-Quash, the Senior Research Curator in the History of Collecting at the National Gallery. I look after pre-1900 objects in its ‘History Collection’ and am responsible for activities associated with its research strand, ‘Buying, Collecting and Display’. My research and publications focus on the study of important historical art collections, trends in … Continue reading

Mindful Moments #8 Adding a Dimension

13 Apr 2021

  Adding a Dimension observes the layers and mechanics behind an artwork, to explore the artist and to expand our own perspective. This exercise can be useful for people who feel like they cannot understand art, or for those who want a deeper understanding of how to create art themselves. By focusing on textures, shapes … Continue reading

Creating a National Collection #1 – Introducing Jemma

7 Apr 2021

My name is Jemma and I am a Curatorial Trainee for the National Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery for 2019–21 as part of a scheme supported by Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation. Last week, it was wonderful to announce the exhibition ‘Creating a National Collection’ which is due to open … Continue reading

Mindful Moments #7 Handfulness

6 Apr 2021

Unless you are floating in space, our tactile sense is being constantly activated in life, as we are always in contact with something, whether walking, sitting, laying. We become so used to it, that it is easy to lose a subtler sensation of it, especially over everyday things we come in contact with.  In this … Continue reading

Mindful Moments #6 In their shoes

30 Mar 2021

For this exercise we look at a portrait, to explore the influence of others on our mood and the perceptions we have about others. Our everyday interactions with people can be more stimulating than we might realise and the image of a person represented in artwork can have a similar effect. It could be a … Continue reading

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