Question a Curator
Today we were lucky to have a talk on this gorgeous Turner Painting owned by The Ashmolean- The High Street, Oxford, by JMW Turner, 1810. Helen Cobby, acting Curator and a Turner specialist, gave us an amazing insight into the work and the circumstances around it being painted. We found out that the painting originally didn’t have any people in it and the women and people were only added for some colour- who knew?
We needed to find out all about the painting to start planning for our event on Live Friday on 3rd March next year.
Natasha, Immie & Hannah
Shop ‘ til you drop...
The Shop: In today’s meeting we got the chance to visit the shop and meet Lycia Lobo, the Ashmolean’s Commercial Manager. We found out about all of the stages that go into choosing and creating the stock in the shop for new exhibitions and the marketing process behind selecting the most popular items. Lycia told us about some of the artists the museum worked with to produce products like jewellery to accompany the exhibitions. It was a really insightful visit to show us part of the museum we wouldn’t normally see.
As part of The Ashmolean’s Youth Panel, we have participated in various activities. For the autumn term these activities included : Viewing the Power & Protection Exhibition and visiting a Live Friday to get ideas for our own plans to run an event next year on March 3rd Live Friday. We have all really enjoyed listing to talks, visiting behind the scenes and hearing about what goes on in a Museum,
Artists at Work!
Today our group had the pleasure of seeing 3 unique artists who had been invited to the Museum to show their skills. Rita Floyd explained her work making porcelain Chinese flowers. It was really interesting to see how the flowers which were thrown away can make a beautiful sculpture. Later on we watched Jonathan Gravil who used to work at the Wedgwood factory practising sledging a complicated, delicate and patient artform. Finally, we visited Anthony Chaliner who recreates highly complex detailed pieces of artwork on pieces of china. All of these artists were brilliant and we really enjoyed watching them working in the galleries.
Maggie & Tabitha
This term has been a whirlwind of debating, discussing and viewing the wonders of The Ashmolean! We have seen multiple exhibitions, photoshopped ourselves into paintings, had an in depth tour around the shop and listened to extensive talks on how to run events like Live Fridays and Museums in general.
We were shown the Print Room which contains hundreds of beautiful prints which has inspired many of us to make further visits to see the prints in store.
The best part for me has been learning about all the different parts of The Ashmolean and how they all combine to create one great place!
Ellie, Anna & Ellen