Posts Tagged ‘Art Galleries’

Bowes Museum

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Bowes Museum

Bowes Museum

I visited this Museum in Barnard Castle in County Durham for the first time this weekend after discovering it through social media.  What a unique and fantastic venue.  The building stands out in the market town of County Durham as it is built in the style of a French Chateau!  Helpful staff show you how to access the building and we started with a background to the Museum and its creators.  Appropriate for Valentine’s weekend, this is a story of the love of a couple and their combined love of the arts and collecting.  The Museum was built by them with the intention of housing their collection for the public to visit.  A very philanthropic project.


The art within the building is outstanding and some of my favourites included El Greco’s The Tears of St Peter; a classic blustery Boudin called Beach Scene at Low Tide; the portrait of Olive Boteler Porter which was recently discovered to be a genuine van Dyck panting; and a small atmospheric Goya titled Interior of a Prison.  The breadth of work is impressive, collected during John and Josephine’s time in Paris, and you gain a real understanding of the way in which  French art evolved to become to be a dominant force.  Although many of the art works are hung very high on the walls of the galleries, there are labels with images for each painting which means you don’t miss a thing.  As well as art there are galleries housing silver and metals, archaeological objects, toys, ceramics, furniture and textiles.  I really liked the recreations of the rooms as dining rooms, bedrooms and sitting rooms with the most fantastic items of French furniture.  Their fashion and textile collections are world renowned which his why you will find so many fashion exhibitions are held there.  Having supported their crowd funding project to restore their fifteenth century altarpiece I can now keep up to date with its progress on their blog.


As well as the main gallery spaces there are several temporary exhibition spaces.  These currently include the Birds of Paradise: Plumes and Feathers in Fashion exhibition which showcases breath-taking haute couture gowns including an amazing outfit by Thierry Mugler which greets you as you enter.  Another exhibition was Confected, Borrowed and Blue where artist Paul Scott has decorated familiar crockery and dinner ware with contemporary stories which include the Cockle Pickers Tea Service alongside plates with images of Gaza. You will also see work by Julian Opie scattered around the building including a walking woman who doesn’t seem to get very far and his cheeky version of the Manneken Pis as you enter! It is well worth the entry fee as you can spend the whole day here, stopping for lunch or afternoon tea in the café.  With an Yves Saint Laurent exhibition arriving in July this Museum is a must for fashionistas as well as art and museum lovers.  I definitely intend to return soon.

5 Easy Steps to Provide Sponsorship for Projects and Exhibitions

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Sponsorship and Fundraising

Sponsorship and Fundraising Event - Intermezzo

 1 Target Companies

Use social media, newspapers, art magazines and exhibitions to make a list of companies who are already supporting the arts.  Once you have the list look at networking groups and business groups who can help to introduce you to these companies.

 2 Networking

Find free networking groups in your local area.  The local chamber of commerce is usually able to help.  Look for opportunities to speak about your venues at their events and invite them in for a tour.

 3 Trusts and Foundations

Set up a spreadsheet of trusts and foundations who support the arts with the emphasis on criteria.  This makes it easier to locate possible supporters for specific projects.

 4 LinkedIn

Sign up for LinkedIn and follow those companies who are of interest to you.  Make connections with people you already know and then ask for introductions to potential sponsors where you have a link.

 5 Trustees

If you don’t already have a board of Trustees, then set one up.  Make sure some of your trustees are local business people who can help to introduce you to potential sponsors.  If you already have a Board, then invite them to a meeting about your project and exhibition and ask for their help.

 More top tips to follow ….

Intermezzo offer support in raising sponsorship and funds for one-off projects and exhibitions.  For more information call us on 0141 636 6929 or email us at

Gallery of Modern Art #museumfact

Monday, December 6th, 2010
Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

Gallery of Modern Art - Glasgow

The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is housed in a neo-classical building in Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow.  It was built in 1778 as the town house of William Cunninghame, a wealthy Glasgow tobacco baron, and went on to be used as a bank, a business exchange, a telephone exchange and a library before being transformed in 1996 into a gallery housing the City’s contemporary art collection.

 Many famous people signed the visitors’ book in this building including

Robert Peel – who gave his famous address in a marquee outside the building, built to house a dinner to honour him after he was installed as Rector of the University of Glasgow in 1837.

Napoleon III of France – who visited the City in 1839 for the Eglinton tournament.  This was a re-enactment of a medieval joust held in Kilwinning in Ayrshire.

Josiah Henson – an author, abolitionist and Methodist minister.  He was born into slavery in America but escaped and founded a settlement for fugitive slaves in Canada.  He inspired the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  He spoke at the City Halls and Kibble Palace in Glasgow to huge crowds.

If anyone knows of other famous visitors to this magnificent building please let us know.

Intermezzo provide guided tours and private viewings of Glasgow Museums and work with Museums, Galleries and Heritage Properties to increase revenue streams.  For more information contact us on 0141 636 6929 or email us at

The Hireling Shepherd 1852

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The Hireling Shepherd 1851

On the surface this is a Pre-Raphaelite painting by the artist William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) of a shepherd and shepherdess in the vivid colours of an English landscape.  However, it has many different layers of meaning and a fascinating history.  Here are just some of them and we’ll return to this painting in a future blog.

Landscapes in art had regularly used images of shepherds and shepherdesses but always in an artificial and beautiful manner.  Holman Hunt however favoured what he called ‘social realism’ and wanted to paint real people which led to his critics commenting that his models looked “…ill-fed, ill-favoured, ill-washed…”.  This was a shocking portrayal to many in the art world.

One of the meanings of the painting comes from the debates of the time between the Catholic Church and the Church of England and Hunt asserted that he intended the couple to symbolise the pointless theological debates which occupied Christian churchmen while their “flock” went astray due to a lack of proper moral guidance.

 The are many details within the painting.  The sheep wander off into a neighbouring cornfield or are asleep, having over-eaten.  The lamb on the lap of the shepherdess eats on unripe apple and the shepherd shows a Death’s Head moth to his companion.

 This painting was much admired by Salvador Dali and and it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1852.

 You can view this painting in Manchester City Gallery in Room 3 on the first floor.  Visit the Manchester City Art Galleries’ website for more information at

Intermezzo offer assistance with income generation and sponsorship to Museums, Art Galleries and Heritage Properties. For more information contact us at or on 0141 636 6929