"Why didn't you arrange an exhibition of X's work when X was in the country?! I love their work!"
"Their work does look good! But, we didn't know they were in the country, and also, we've not heard of them before. That would have been a pretty big stumbling block to arranging a loan with them. If there's a fab artist you think we should know about, please do let us know, so next time we can make plans before they leave the country."
*These exchanges edited for comedic value*
Yes, it's a shocker, but our staff aren't clued into all of the creatives we possibly could be, and even with those we are, we aren't constantly tuned into their international movements.
If you think your local museum or gallery should be aware of an opportunity, do drop them a line before, rather than after, that opportunity occurs.
Loans and exhibitions are often arranged many months, if not years, in advance, but someone being in the country might provide the chance for a chat, which may get you closer to physically seeing art you love being exhibited in your local area. You never know, you could be helping the artist and venue forge links they would never have known about otherwise!
(yes, there is a chance that they're not the right artist for the venue, there's too much red tape, the artist isn't interested, but if you're too late in sending the information, that connection may never be made.)
Looking for an unusual way to get some of your art and objects to the masses?
How about starting your own gif collection for your museum?
Check out https://giphy.com/lacma to see what The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been creating.
Sassy, sarcastic, cute, strange and all very visually appealing, these (I hope...) may help shunt some of the pop culture icons off their shelves, and see art becoming a staple of the "I'm saving this gif to my phone to use as a reaction later" method of sharing imagery.
Tomorrow (September 13th) is Ask A Curator Day, and it’s a chance for people inside and outside of collections, museums, galleries and heritage venues to connect and chat - with an impressive 1519 museums taking part!
It can be a good way to educate people on what curators actually do, open minds about what your collection holds and how it can be relevant. It can be a fun way to share and explore. Sometimes, the questions asked can lead to rethinking what visitors are interested in and would like to know more about.
You’ll find #AskACurator being used on Instagram and twitter, so have a look, and see what is being nattered about.
If you want to see who is taking part, or be more involved (last minute!) see the details and sign your venue up here: http://www.mardixon.com/wordpress/askacurator-who-to-ask-sept-14-2016/
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