Artsmark Opportunities at the Holburne Museum

Sep 17, 2018

The Holburne Museum in Bath has recently become an Artsmark Partner and are really looking forward to working with schools to support their Artsmark journey.

The Holburne was founded in 1882 with the gift of Sir William Holburne’s collection of 16th and 17th century Italian and Dutch paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture, porcelain and diverse objets d’art. That founding gift has been augmented with a collection of 18th century paintings by such artists as Gainsborough, Lawrence, Ramsay and Stubbs. Set within the historic Sydney Pleasure Gardens, the Museum reopened in May 2011 after ambitious renovations and with a new, award-winning extension. The Holburne has since secured a national reputation as an outstanding museum which holds critically acclaimed exhibitions. Its programme of exhibitions, commissions and events sets out to bring to Bath great art of all periods and from around the world, seeking to set the art of the past in dialogue with contemporary practice in exciting and dynamic new ways.

The Learning Team can support you to work towards the seven Quality Principles – whether you need creative skills development for your pupils or teachers or want to explore a particular art form, there are a number of ways that they can help.

Holburne offer an artist-led workshop programme for primary schools, combining gallery work and a practical, creative session. Pupils explore an aspect of the collection such as portraits, sculpture or the artistic legacy of Ancient Greece and are encouraged to talk about and form opinions about art and to take inspiration for their own creativity.

For both primary and secondary schools, Holburne offer workshops linked to their exciting exhibition programme; this autumn, for example, is the special life-modelling workshops (GCSE and A Level) to complement a British Museum partnership Spotlight Loan exploring how Rodin took inspiration from classical sculptural fragments.

For the past few years Holburne have run the National Gallery-instigated Take One project for primary schools, so they are experienced at supporting teachers to use art to enrich the curriculum. This year they used their historic building and contemporary extension as the focus; in 2019 they have chosen a Zoffany painting depicting a very British tea party in the heat of India.

In addition, Holburne Museum frequently work with teachers to plan bespoke workshops to develop particular skills or to support a particular topic. They are very happy to help you work towards the Artsmark goals and objectives in your Statement of Commitment and develop and strengthen your arts provision, so please get in touch by emailing or call 01225 388568.