Thursday, 4 October 2007

NEWS | Art: Review to consider digital plan

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SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME? Guest curator John Wilson and Keeper of art Roger Cucksey, look at Newport Museum and Art Gallery's first on-line exhibition, Documenting the City, in April this year

Art: Review to consider digital plan | South Wales Argus, 3 Oct 2007


Newport has a wealth of art treasures, including work by LS Lowry, Sir Stanley Spencer, Dame Laura Knight and Hans Feibusch.

But with space at a premium, just five per cent of the gems are on public display.

Now public watchdogs are to look at how to increase public access to the collection, which could include virtual viewing.

Cllr Davies suggested the authority's culture and recreation scrutiny forum should examine the issue. (...)

Earlier this year, we reported how Newport's Keeper of Art, Roger Cucksey, and Guest curator, John Wilson, launched the gallery's first ever on-line exhibition, Documenting the City.

Mr Cucksey told the Argus he hoped the council would be able to offer the financial support to continue online archiving.

This in-depth review is likely to consider whether parts of the collection could be digitised and made available on-line.

A final report is not expected to go to cabinet member Councillor Ron Jones until next April. (...)

Read the full text here | Argus online version here


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