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). […]

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 […]

From Sea Creatures to Slogans: Game-playing with Bob and Roberta Smith RA

Written by Dr Naomi Lebens, Curator of the University of Reading’s Art Collection. Originally posted on Reading Museum‘s blog on 8th June 2020. ANIMAL: World Art Journeys is not an exhibition in which you would naturally expect to find paintings by the artist and Royal Academician Bob and Roberta Smith (b.1963), and especially not paintings of sea […]

One Giant Leap: A Student Exhibition

Our outgoing placement student, Morgan Woodhouse, reveals what goes into creating a Ladybird Books exhibition Since the beginning of July, I have been working as a placement student in the University of Reading Art Collections, fulfilling the last module in my master’s degree in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester. The main focus of my placement was […]