What happens when art galleries are forced to close their doors and pivot online?

What happens when art galleries are forced to close their doors and pivot online?

Project management skills play a crucial role in helping museums and galleries to adapt during the coronavirus outbreak, Elizabeth Oliver learns.

For the Spring issue of Project, we interviewed curators and project managers at several of the UK’s leading institutions to discover how an art exhibition is put together. But, with museums and galleries closing their doors in response to the coronavirus outbreak, what happens next?

“I feel lucky that the exhibition was able to open,” Amy Tobin, curator of Kettle’s Yard art gallery at the University of Cambridge explains. Three years in the making, the gallery’s Linderism exhibition opened in February to favourable reviews, with critics praising the variety of work created by post-punk artist, Linder Sterling. In the Spring 2020 issue of Project, we followed Tobin and other curators’ projects due to open this spring and summer. But the coronavirus outbreak has meant these exhibitions either had to close early or won’t be opening at all as the UK remains in lockdown. Read more

What does it take to put on an art exhibition, from concept to welcoming the public through the gallery doors? Read the full article Project masterpiece, by Emma De Vita, in the Spring 2020 issue of Project. Free to APM members.

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Posted by Elizabeth Oliver on 11th May 2020

About the Author

Elizabeth Oliver is a journalist who specialises in the arts, culture and heritage. She has written for magazines, including The Arts Society Magazine, by Royal Appointment for the Royal Warrant Holders Association and Scene for the National Youth Theatre.

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