Sackler CPD Programme Study Day: Post-Medium Collecting

Phoebe Cummings, Arrangement for the Anthropocene, 2017.
Phoebe Cummings, Arrangement for the Anthropocene, 2017.

2 February 2018


Victoria Gallery & Museum – University of Liverpool
Ashton Street
Liverpool, L69 3DR United Kingdom


Coffee and lunch included

Are you a curator or have an interest in curating? Join us to discuss ephemerality, preservation and other challenging issues of exhibiting artworks.

This Study Day will focus on the New Perspectives exhibitions, a series of contemporary art commissions curated by Rose Lejeune  that draw inspiration from rarely exhibited works from the Victoria Gallery & Museum collection. These works are thus given a ‘new perspective’.

In the first part of the day, together with curator Rose Lejeune and independent academic Dr Rebecca Gordon, we will discuss issues that arise when setting new ephemeral and process-based artworks in dialog with historical artefacts, as is the case in the New Perspectives exhibition.

In the second half of the day there will be the unique opportunity to visit Phoebe Cummings’ Model for a Common Room together with the artist. She will explain how she made the work entirely in raw clay and how it engages with the museum’s collection. Later artist Ludovica Gioscia will speak about her Giant Decollages, architectural interventions created by layering numerous hand printed and custom wallpapers that get subsequently ripped back in order to reveal the strata underneath.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion with art historian and philanthropist Sarah Elson, who will talk about her project ‘Launch Pad’ as a new model for exhibiting artists in a domestic setting.

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11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-11.35 Welcome from Ilaria Puri Purini, Programmes Manager, Contemporary Arts Society and Nicola Euston, Museums and Gallery Manager, Victoria Galleries


11.35 – 12.05 Rose Lejeune, Independent Curator.

12.05 – 12.35 Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Researcher and Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art.

12.35 – 13.05 Panel Discussion with Charlotte Keenan, Curator of the Walker Art Gallery, Rose le Jeune and Rebecca Gordon. Moderated by Ilaria Puri Purini.

13.05 – 14.05 Lunch provided by the Contemporary Art Society


14.05-15.05 WORKSHOP with artist Phoebe Cummings around her newly commissioned work Model for a Common Room at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

15.05-15.25 Ludovica Gioscia, artist

15.25 – 16.15 Panel Discussion with the artists and Sarah Elson, an art historian, collector and founder of Launch Pad. Moderated by Ilaria Puri Purini.

16.30 Day ends



Travel Bursaries are available for Museum Members. To apply and download the Contemporary Art Society Travel Bursary Form (.docx) click here

To book a place and/or apply for a travel bursary please email



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