Women by Women

For International Women’s Month, Georgie Hollands-Gray, a second year Museum Studies student on placement with the University Art Collection, highlights women artists and looks to promote their work “In actuality, as we all know, things as they are and as they have been, in the arts as in a hundred other areas, are stultifying, oppressive, […]

Portraiture and the Art Collection

Cerys Cartwright, a third-year art student on placement with the University Art Collection explores portraiture in the University Art Collection I have been fortunate enough to spend several weeks working with the University Art Collections, learning and experiencing the collection first-hand. I started my placement working on the inventory of the Art Collection Study Room […]

Show Your Stripes: the Artwork that made Climate Change data go viral

Written by Naomi Lebens, Art Historian and Curator at the University of Reading Art Collection. This blog was originally published by ArtUK on 19 October 2021. Data helps us understand the world around us. Knowingly and unknowingly, we produce and share vast amounts of it as we go about our daily lives. It is collected […]

Curating during Covid-19: A volunteer art student’s experience curating accessible art

Laura Rozamunda Allsopp-Huddle shares her experience volunteering with the University Art Collection during COVID-19. Earlier this year, from January to April, I worked for the University of Reading’s Art Collection as a volunteer curatorial assistant. The placement focused on curating an exhibition for the Collection’s website, on British artist and art historian John Golding (1929-2012). […]

Going Global: A Student Exhibition

Our outgoing placement student, Laura May Bailey, describes her experience at the Art Collection, and curation of a new Ladybird Gallery exhibition. Somehow, I find myself in the eighth and final week of placement at the University of Reading Art Collection. The past two months have flown by and been such a fantastic end to […]

Elemental: Realism in the Art Collections

Museum Studies Placement Student, Laura May Bailey, explores Realism in the Art Collection, comparing the work of Walter Richard Sickert and Diane Ibbotson.  Walter Richard Sickert’s frank drawings of urban life in the early twentieth century seemingly have little in common with Diane Ibbotson’s hyper-realistic paintings of a coastal path. One focuses on the realities of working-class experience while the other paints […]

Introducing Rubens to Sickert: The Study of Drawing

Originally published by Reading Museum on 14 April 2021 The newest exhibition to arrive at Reading Museum, in partnership with the University of Reading Art Collections, is Rubens to Sickert: The Study of Drawing. In this blog, join Curator of the University of Reading Art Collections, Dr Naomi Lebens, as she introduces the exhibition, revealing the historic connection […]

Art, Artists and Mental Health

3rd Year Museum Studies Student and volunteer, Freya, has been investigating the University Art Collection for links between art and mental health. There is a connection between the rise in people contacting mental health services and the many lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the UK: By the end of March 2020, 1,380,240 people were […]

Job Opportunity

Are you a University of Reading student? Do you thrive in a busy, customer-focused and creative environment? Are you interested in a job in heritage and the arts? We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and committed group to join a visitor-focused museum team as Invigilators, based in Reading Museum’s John Madejski Art Gallery for […]

Researching from Home

Following the latest Government restrictions, we have been thinking about how we can be as useful as we can to our researchers. While we will be continuing to provide access in the Art Collection Study Room for academic research and teaching, we are aware that not everyone will be able to visit in person. To […]