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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]