Talk:The People’s Art Collection at Richmond upon Thames

Talk, Wed 19 Jan 2022, free entry

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The People’s Collection: the story behind Richmond Borough’s art collections
In 2022 Orleans House Gallery, the home of Richmond Borough’s art collection, will be 50. This significant anniversary provides an excuse to explore the formation of the collection. Many local authorities in the UK own an art collection. Richmond’s Art Collection includes a wide range of artworks which together tell a fascinating story about the borough and its people. This talk will seek to answer the questions: who were the people (luminaries) behind the creation of the collection, why was it formed and what is their legacy?

Tim Corum has worked in the arts for over 30 years, principally in museums and galleries, developing museums exhibitions and festivals at Oldham, Leeds, Bristol, the Horniman in London and now with Richmond Arts Service. In Leeds and Oldham, he worked on developing international art programmes and a series of major capital projects. In Bristol Tim led the development of the City Musuem and Art Gallery, encouraging artists to intervene in and reframe the museum and art gallery. Though most widely known for the exhibition Banksy versus Bristol Museum, this programme also embraced a diversity of projects with both local and international partners. At the same time, he developed a new international contemporary art collection, building on Bristol’s rich historic art collection. He also led the creative team that developed the new museum M Shed. In 2015, Tim became a director at the Horniman, where his work focussed on developing participatory programmes bringing artists and scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds together with communities to create exhibitions and festivals that cast new light on the museum’s internationally significant collections. Tim moved to Richmond during the Pandemic to lead the Borough’s Arts Service and direct the development of Orleans House Gallery. He brings a commitment to working in participation with the public and artists along with a love of history and the environment.

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Wed 19 Jan 2022


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Map reference: TQ 180749  Lat: 51.46121 Long: -0.30180

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