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This course is for Chinese Curators who are interested in developing their skills in interpreting and presenting their art collections, and engaging visitors. The course will be based at the Woon Gallery of Asian Art at Northumbria University, and include the theory and practice of the latest approaches for interpretation, presentation and public engagement.

The programme will provide an opportunity to engage with the following activities:

• Class based tuition in the Woon Gallery of Asian Art and teaching space within Northumbria University. Classes will be delivered in English.

• A programme of cultural trips and visits including the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Oriental Museum in Durham and the V&A Museum of Art and Design in London.

Course Information

Delivery Method 10 day short course programme

Mode of Study

Woon Gallery of Asian Arts, Sandyford Building, Northumbria University

Start TBC

10 Days

Digital, Tech and Creative

£2,500 per person excluding travel and accommodation

The course will be delivered by Jean Brown - an Associate Professor at Northumbria University who has over thirty year experience in caring for collections and has recently led on the development of the Woon Gallery of Asian Art at Northumbria University. 

Northumbria University has established at its Newcastle campus the Woon Gallery of Asian Art. The Gallery houses 47 items from the Woon Foundation’s Collection to support research and public exhibition in the North East of England.

Learning will take place in the Woon Gallery of Asian Art as well as in other teaching spaces in the well appointed Sandyford Building on the City Centre Campus.

The University has many partners and longstanding relationships in Singapore and China and this collection allows us to extend and build on those relationships through greater cultural understanding.

The Gallery and Collection is a dynamic centre for teaching Northumbria programmes including Conservation; Fine Art; Creative Industries Management; Visual Cultures; Fashion; History; and Design. 

Northumbria University is one of only a handful of Universities to hold an Asian Art Collection of such International significance. The Woon Collection includes items from across Chinese Cultural History including significant items from the Han Dynasty, Northern Wei Dynasty, Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms. It was newly opened in 2018 and therefore provides a unique opportunity to learn about the very latest approaches to interpretation, presentation and public engagement with Asian Collections.

Programme Content

Day 1 – Arrival / Meet and Greet
Day 2 – Free day in Newcastle
Day 3 (First Day of Programme Week 1) - Welcome and introduction to the Woon Collection of Asian Art
Day 4 – Display Case Design and layout
Day 5 – Cultural trip to the Oriental Museum in Durham
Day 6  - Interpretation, Catalogues & Labels
Day 7 – Cultural trip to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh
Day 8-9 – Weekend / Free days
Day 10 (First Day of Programme Week 2) - Environmental Monitoring and Management, Lighting  and Integrated Pest Management 
Day 11 - Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery. Conservation Cleaning 
Day 12 – Cultural trip to the V&A Museum of Art and Design in London 
Day 13 - Transit, Packing, Handling and the Role of the Courier 
Day 14 - Storage, Access & Security. Final Presentation and afternoon tea 
Day 15-16 – Weekend / Travel home

There are no entry requirements

During the course participants will:

• Develop strategies for wider participation and external engagement

• Develop strategies for storage, display and transit 

• Understand the protocols and approaches to writing labels and catalogues: 

• Understand the questions that must be asked prior to conservation cleaning

£2,500 per person excluding travel and accommodation

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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