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Why Museums Matter
Feb 7 – May 19 all-day
Why Museums Matter @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom

On the Ballroom table 7 February to 19 May
We invited visitors and people in our local community to complete the statement ‘Museums matter to me because…’ as a way of understanding what people value about museums and how the role of museums is understood in contemporary society. This exciting installation is a visual response to over 1,000 ideas and comments shared with us.

In the Wirth Gallery 7 February to 22 April
Celebrating the role of museums as places of creative inspiration and our Pathways to Wellbeing programme this display showcases the artwork of people who have engaged with individual objects from the Holburne’s collection. It examines the connection between museums, creativity, mental health and wellbeing. Each piece will reveal a personal connection, exploring how individual objects and opportunities to learn new art skills can inspire creative journeys.
For more information about Pathways to Wellbeing please visit Pathways to Wellbeing

Don’t miss related events:
In Conversation Tristram Hunt, Sonia Boyce, Maria Balshaw and Chris Stephens
Symposium Why Museums Matter for Mental Health

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George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field
Feb 8 – May 6 all-day
George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field   @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
George Shaw

The Holburne is the only European venue for Shaw’s major retrospective at the Yale Center for British Art. It covers his career from 1996 to the present, including some new works never shown in the UK. Shaw’s paintings, made with enamel model paint, focus on the Tile Hill estate, a post-war development on the outskirts of Coventry where he grew up, and the ancient woods surrounding it. Steeped in modern and historic fine art traditions, Shaw’s work alludes to twentieth-century painting and photography, and the legacy of such European masters as Titian. The exhibition also features his skills as a draughtsman.

The exhibition has been organized by the Yale Center for British Art in collaboration with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Holburne Museum.

Don’t Miss
George Shaw in Conversation with Mark Hallett

General Admission £12.50 | Concessions

In Conversation: Tristram Hunt, Sonia Boyce & Maria Balshaw
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation: Tristram Hunt, Sonia Boyce & Maria Balshaw @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Tristram Hunt (Director, V&A), Sonia Boyce, (Artist and Professor of Black Art & Design at University of the Arts London), Maria Balshaw CBE  (Director of Tate) and Chris Stephens (Director, Holburne) As museums redefine their place in society,and their financial positions become progressively more vulnerable, the question of why museums matter is all the more urgent and complex. This talk will explore the significant and profound ways in which cultural engagement can enhance, shape and alter people’s lives.  (Exhibition and Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm)

You may also be interested in our all-day Symposium – Why Museums Matter for Mental Health.

Photo of Dr Tristram Hunt by Will Whittaker
Sonia Boyce: Image courtesy of UAL
Photo of Maria Balshaw by Hugo Glendinning, 2017