To Have and to Hold? Rethinking the Purpose of a National Collection

Presented by Dr Anne Galastro, University of Edinburgh

To acquire as many examples as it can afford of the best art available, and to display these acquisitions to the public in a prestigious gallery, usually situated in the capital city: such are the traditional expectations of a national gallery. This essentially static model has been questioned over recent years, and the function of a national collection has come under intense scrutiny. Drawing on her recent research into ARTIST ROOMS, and making comparisons with other touring exhibition programmes, Dr Galastro analyses how the scheme has evolved, and explores how it might both challenge the traditional concept of a national collection whilst also offering a way of invigorating it.

Dr Anne Galastro has worked as a research assistant on exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art, and currently teaches at Edinburgh University in the Architectural History Department.

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Drawing on her recent research into Artist Rooms, and making comparisons with other touring exhibition programmes, Dr Anne Galastro analyses how the scheme has evolved, and explores how it might both challenge the traditional concept of a national collection whilst also offering a way of invigorating it.

[Duration: 21:19]