Leeds University Library

Special Displays Curated by MA Students in Museum and Gallery Studies 15 October - 15 December 2012

Published 18 October 2012

Study of a Woman in Profil Perdu, by Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914), black chalk on paper. Photo: Norman Taylor 2011.

In October every year the Education Room becomes home for two very special displays when two groups of MA students from Museum and Gallery Studies take over and create brand new interpretations.

The special displays explore two very important parts of the university collection: works on paper and eighteenth-century ceramics.

The curatorial team working with works on paper by the Camden Town Group pulled together seemingly disparate themes to create their display. Focusing on the transition to modernism, they juxtapose the artists' interest in depicting daily life in a modern metropolis and their new 'voyeuristic' approach to their subjects and arrangements. The display also explores the Camden Group's relationship with French Impressionists and their influence.

The student curators of the other display in the Education Room created a journey in Yorkshire's social history. Their research and choice of objects tells a story of domestic dining etiquette along the social aspects of manufacturing and using the famous Leeds creamware in the eighteenth century.

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