From Goya to Gliding – 6 months in the Marketing team

I’ve been the Gallery marketing and communications intern for the past 6 months, and what a six months it’s been!

With a background in History of Art, The Courtauld was the dream location to delve into the world of arts marketing and comms.

Walking through the Gallery before opening (having restocked the all-important leaflet holder) and enjoying a room full of Cézanne’s on the way to the office never gets old. The Courtauld really does have a stunning collection of paintings on the walls, and a great selection of rotating displays in the new Drawings Gallery. There is always something new to discover and I still haven’t settled on a favourite work!

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The location isn’t bad either. Situated in the North Block of Somerset House the Gallery finds itself surrounded by a thriving community of arts and cultural organisations as well as bars, brasseries and coffee shops. And fountains! I have loved sitting outside over lunch watching people race each other through the jets or pose in front of them for instagram-worthy shots and then get unintentionally soaked.

Back to the job – The role allows, and encourages, you to get involved in all aspects of marketing and communications within The Courtauld. From social media promotions, monthly e-newsletters and visitor research to feeding-back on poster designs, collating press packs and press coverage the department is a lively one with lots to get excited about.

Highlights for me include:

Assisting at the press call when the plaster cupid, brought from Cézanne’s studio in the south of France, was re-united with its ‘portrait’.

Photographing and working on the Illuminating Objects series – seeing Elly’s aventurine bowl project through from inception to display. Trips to the stores and conservation studios are always fascinating and remind you that there is always more to learn about the collection.

The Gallery team.  There are lots of friendly faces in the building which forms a great collaborative atmosphere. Everyone has been hugely welcoming and supportive and I’m very grateful for all that I’ve learnt.

In the last 6 months I have seen the extraordinary exhibition Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album open to excellent reviews and the Goya Late events attract record numbers. Unfinished…Works from The Courtauld Gallery seemed a long way off in February but time sped along and now it’s only next month that the Bridget Riley: Learning from Seurat display is installed, followed by Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings!

I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction into the world of arts marketing and communications. I’ve learnt so much from the whole team, and in particular from Emily Butcher my manager – thank you. I have been lucky enough to secure a full-time job within marketing and communications, no doubt in part due to my time at The Courtauld.

I look forward to returning to the Gallery to see the displays and projects that I have been working on come to fruition. Until then, nothing beats seeing reviews of the shows you’ve been involved with or your leaflets or posters out on display!

 

Nick's Picks – Our Guide to Fathers Day Gifting

With Father’s Day just a few weeks away, we asked Nick Turner, Buyer at The Courtauld Gallery Shop, for his top five gift ideas for Dad.

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Gift Membership to The Courtauld Gallery, from £55 per year
Gift Membership is a wonderful present for art lovers that lasts all year. Members can participate in a special events programme, take advantage of discounts in the Gallery Café and shop, meet with curators and enjoy free entry for themselves plus a guest the whole year round.

 

Bloomsbury Blue Cufflinks, £35
These unique cufflinks are inspired by designs from the Omega Workshops. Established in 1913 by the painter and influential art critic Roger Fry, the Omega Workshops were an experimental design collective, whose members included Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and other artists of the Bloomsbury Group.

 

Cezanne Tie, £30
This vibrant tie takes its inspiration from Cezanne’s Lac d’Annecy, currently on display in The Courtauld Gallery.

 

The Courtauld Gallery Masterpieces, £10
This publication invites you to explore in the masterpieces from across The Courtauld Gallery’s Collection, stretching from the early Renaissance to the twentieth century. It includes iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings such as Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Berègre, van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Cézanne’s Montagne Sainte-Victoire, as well as drawings by Michelangelo and Rembrandt and rare works of decorative art.

 

The Courtauld Gallery Prints
Our prints service offers 40,000 high quality digital images of paintings, drawings, architecture and sculpture from The Courtauld Gallery and The Courtauld Institute of Art. Prints are available in a range of sizes, finishes, and can be supplied framed or unframed.

 

Father’s Day gifts are a great way to spoil your dad and though it can be hard to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day, hopefully Nick has made it a little easier.

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Cupid Darts to London

For the first time in over 100 years Cézanne’s cupid and  Still Life with Plaster Cast are reunited at The Courtauld Gallery thanks to our friends at Eurostar.

The cupid statue has travelled all the way from the South of France to The Gallery to celebrate Eurostar’s new direct service to the artists home region, starting on May 1st.

Take a look at its journey: 

Eurostar Reunites Cezanne Treasures After Over 100 Years

Eurostar Reunites Cezanne Treasures After Over 100 Years

Eurostar Reunites Cezanne Treasures After Over 100 Years

 Eurostar Reunites Cezanne Treasures After Over 100 Years

Eurostar Reunites Cezanne Treasures After Over 100 Years

The cupid will be on display for the two of months and then make its way back to Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence

Jennifer's Favorite Painting

Jennifer Seymour,  Individual Campaigns and Legacies Manager

In this occasional series we ask Courtauld staff to tell us about their favourite painting in the collection.

 

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My favourite painting in the Gallery is Paul Cézanne’s Lac d’Annecy.

When I first started at The Courtauld, I knew very little about art and our amazing collection. In my first few weeks in post, we held a telethon to raise money for our 80th anniversary Annual Fund appeal.

Whilst going through the notes from our student callers, I read about one call with a long-standing supporter of The Courtauld, who said she loved the painting Lac d’Annecy so much that she asked her husband to take her there on their honeymoon.

 

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Paul Cézanne, Lac d’Annecy,  1896

 

Intrigued and touched by this story, I just had to see the painting for myself. I adored it immediately, and every time I see it I am not only reminded of the lovely honeymoon story, but I also find something new to admire about it. I find Cézanne’s use of colour spectacular and I love the way the whole scene is framed by the tree – to me, it gives the painting more depth. I always feel very peaceful when I look at it.

I find it wonderful to wander round the Gallery and imagine so many of the paintings hanging in Samuel Courtauld’s house in Portman Square, which was the original home of The Courtauld for over 60 years.

In 1932, Samuel Courtauld, Robert Witt and Viscount Lee of Fareham came together to bequeath the collections that were the founding of The Courtauld. Today, the legacy gifts we receive help support the future of The Courtauld, enabling us to care for our world-class collections and supporting future generations of students.

 

Find out more about leaving a gift in your will here