26th October 2019
Now that our Midlands round of Meeting Point is well underway, we brought our six museums together again for a two-day workshop&go/see in Warwick and Coventry, during October.
Our first visit was to Warwick University, where Sarah Shalgosky (Curator of Mead Gallery) and Fiona Venables (Assistant Curator) gave us a fantastic tour of some of the wide range of contemporary art they have on campus; particular highlights being Jake & Dinos Chapman’s ‘The Good and the Bad’ steel dinosaurs, and Laura Ellen Bacon’s ‘Don’t Let Go’. From there we met Ryan Hughes, Founder/Director of Coventry Biennial and Anneka French from New Art West Midlands at The Herbert. We saw many excellent works, and spoke to artists Grace Williams and Dylan Fox about their pieces. Lastly, Ryan and Anneka took us to St. Mary’s Guildhall and The Row to see more of the Biennial’s offerings, and another talk from Natasha Brzezicki.
Day two focused on tea, coffee, education and contemplation. Settled for the day in Coventry Central Hall, we discussed the previous day’s activities and their relevance to the next steps of the Meeting Point programme. In spite of train trouble and losing her voice, Leah Mellors, curator of Ripon Museums Trust managed to give us an insightful presentation on her own journey to becoming a contemporary art commissioner.
Another step along the way, we have sent our six museums off to think about what they’ll be including in their Artists’ Briefs, and look forward to bringing them back together in November to talk about Audiences.