Southampton City Art Gallery Curators Symposium
Fantastic day on 11 October – Southampton City Art Gallery ran a ‘Curators Symposium’.
Hosted by the City Council’s Learning Officer Liza Morgan, the event was attended by art enthusiasts from across the region and we were treated to a day of talks and tours designed to explain how the gallery works, how it acquires works and its relationship with the world especially the world of art.
Southampton City Art Gallery is one of the top regional galleries in the UK and maintains its position with a good mixture of ‘older’ pieces alongside up to date contemporary works. Its latest exhibition for instance is on the Pre-Ralphaelite Brotherhood.
A few images from the day… S
Southampton City Art Gallery is a free gem in the South. Its permanent collection is renowned. Its changing exhibitions are always worth a visit.
Art-Tales is a magazine blog site following the journeys and reflections through the art world of artist, sketcher, art historian and critic Al Beckett.
Merely to amuse, inform and entertain, Art-Tales is aimed at people who simply wish to dip a toe into the art world, share an insight, smile at a joke and maybe even be informed a little.
Al regularly visits the major galleries in the UK and whenever possible, mainland Europe and the USA. He keeps up to date by subscribing to many periodicals, viewing documentaries and the news in general.
Al paints and sculpts himself and frequently sketches in-situ. He has written a book ‘The Primacy of Your Eye’ designed to give people some insights to enhance their experiences in galleries. Fully illustrated with 400 sketches and drawings of major art works and their artists, the book takes the reader on a journey through topics to perhaps consider to enrich the viewing experience.
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