Curator’s Blog – Rediscovering Our Collections

Curator’s Blog – Rediscovering Our Collections

It’s been all change again since my last post. Sue Aigelsreiter’s show on The Landing has ended and we’ve put a very colourful show on of works by local artist Frank Barnes. It’s great that The Landing keeps changing with different artists and the current show really brings the space to life and lives up to its name, ‘Colourfields’. We launched the exhibition last Friday with a special buyer’s evening, which was really well attended and it was great to see so many people enjoying the artwork and even buying a few pieces!

Sticking with The Landing, I attended a training course on Wednesday in Leeds showing me how to process interest free credit applications for artworks through the Own Art scheme. This is a fantastic scheme that provides buyers with the opportunity to buy artwork ranging from £100 to £2,500 and pay for it in 10 interest free monthly installments. The process is really quick and simple and hopefully it will encourage more people to purchase local contemporary art, which is what The Landing is all about. I’m now in the process of showing our Centre Officers how to process applications and once they have all been shown we will start advertising the scheme.

Last Friday I also helped to set up the new temporary print studio at Crosby Library that has been created. I and several library staff were very fortunate to then have a lesson in screen printing and we all produced some amazing prints that were inspired by shapes and memories. The print studio is at Crosby Library until Friday 10 March and it is well worth booking on a session even if, like me, you feel that you are not artistic in the slightest and can’t draw to save your life!

1I’ll end this post with one of Frank’s very colourful images entitled ‘Airy Dance’. If you haven’t seen the new Landing show yet then please do come and visit as the images do not do the works justice and they really need to be viewed in the space. Frank’s exhibition runs until Sunday 19 March.

Nicola Euston, Museum Manager

Posted on 17 February 2017 under Exhibitions

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