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Public Engagement

The expertise in the department allows it to engage with a wide public in all kinds of ways. These include organising exhibitions, giving talks and public lectures and taking part in day schools and museum events. These activities complement what we do as university teachers to enhance the interpretation and understanding of our artistic heritage. Our working relationships with galleries and the heritage sector have helped to deepen and enrich the experience of the visitor.

We have strong links with curators at local and national museums, collections, galleries and monuments. The exhibition Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901, shown at the Yale Center for British Art in 2014 and at Tate Britain in 2015, was co-curated by Michael Hatt, with Martina Droth of the YCBA and Jason Edwards from the University of York. More details can be found here, and an interactive web site related to the exhibition about imperial monuments around the world can be viewed here.

We have very strong links with local museums. At Compton Verney, Emeritus Professor Michael Rosenthal worked with the Director on the 2013 exhibition Turner and Constable: sketching from nature. Members of staff are working on further projects with the gallery: Michael Hatt is engaged in an exhibition about arts and crafts silversmiths in summer 2015, and Rosie Dias is advising on a forthcoming exhibition about Shakespeare and art. We have also given many talks in the Understanding Art series at Compton Verney. In 2012, third-year students organised an exhibition of 1960s abstract art from the Arts Council Collection at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, and three former students co-curated an exhibition of original studies for the artworks in Coventry Cathedral, Journey into the Light.

We have also worked with the National Galleries of Scotland, the V & A Museum, and Tate Britain on displays and exhibition projects. Postgraduate student Giorgia Mancini is working with National Gallery to investigate the original viewing conditions of Italian Renaissance altarpieces in the gallery’s collection. Dr Jenny Alexander’s work as consultant with English Heritage has led to student summer projects on Kirby Hall and Kenilworth Castle, and students have made a significant contribution to the international digital project Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland.

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