Learning away day to British Folk Art at Tate Britain

Moira, Alice and Jo found time to go out and visit the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain before it moves onto Compton Verney in September. Volunteers John, Clifford and Imogen were coming along too. It allowed time to reflect upon our public and school programmes and what we have in mind around the British Folk Art exhibition. We hopped onto Chiltern railway and discovered the toilets had a very familiar scene on the walls. We met up with Emily Stone Assistant Curator Public Programmes and Communities who had organised us to meet with other members of the learning team at Tate. It was lovely to meet up with Emily in this setting, she used to work at Compton Verney and often comes back to see what we are up to. Our first appointment was with Fiona taking place in a new space set up by young people for visitors to use. It included etcher sketch, books, plants, film projections, beanbags and jellybeans. We felt very relaxed and discussed the learning programme around the British Folk Art exhibition. We check out Open studio which takes place during holidays working with an artist Rebecca Birch to develop family activities around […]

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British Folk Art

You may have heard about the exciting, upcoming exhibition of British Folk Art opening at Tate Britain on 10 June, which will be coming to Compton Verney from 27 September. We are very pleased to be lending 18 works to the show from our own important Folk art collection. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/british-folk-art This week and last, the 18 selected works from our collection made their way to Tate Britain for the installation of the exhibition. Here are some behind-the-scenes pics of the works going off on loan. Our Technician carefully laid out the works in the Folk Art galleries at Compton Verney ready for them to be checked one last time by the Conservator. It wasn’t just 2D works which went on loan. Here we’ve got the ladders at the ready to take down the Locksmith’s Trade Sign in the shape of a Padlock. The works were then packed in crates ready to be transported from Warwickshire to Tate Britain, London. George Smart, Old Man and Donkey, collage on paper, 1833. 37 x 31 cm. (c) Compton Verney. Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. The works on loan will return when British Folk Art comes to Compton Verney from 27 September. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing them in situ […]

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