The Arts Council in England is a bona-fide charity, one of the many we have in the United Kingdom, that can count itself lucky to be able draw from their illustrious list of donors and admirers, to help keep it running. Support from the government isn’t few, far and between or something, but there is just so much funding that Westminster can allocate to one organisation, after another, when there is a country to run.
Not everyone can be so privileged to jet-set off to the Met, when they feel a rendezvous with art is in order, but that’s why so many content themselves with the knowledge of what’s housed in Met. We live in an age, where Google’s groundbreaking new technology enables us to look at how some carefully selected museums around the world look like from the inside, or what kind of arts/paintings they house, in fine detail.
If you love the works of Monet housed by the National Gallery for example, then you might take pleasure with the idea that his breathtaking paintings can be viewed in infinite specifics digitally. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to admire them for an art-lover, does it? If you are not digitally synced-in with art, you can watch the numerous shows we do on art episodes around the globe….I dare say, nothing is out of reach without television! If you cannot afford it yet, then hold on as we try to steer through a global recession, in good stead!….this wooden ship doesn’t seem like it will last very long, in the gale? Oh should I be scared?
Art not only teaches you about your country’s culture, it also enlightens you socially. It prunes you to become that socialite or that dandy, that is meticulate about their appearance, their etiquette, their books and their way of life. Sometimes even the best of us have those wild days where we don’t know how we ended up here? I had one of those recently….it involved pigging out with french fries, burgers and working non-stop. I’m sure it paid off, like most of my life’s endeavours, undertakings, but I’m not sure if it was worth it to have the ride be that difficult. These are very complex times, in a complicated, diverse, society.
The Council recently marked some notable items in our museums as being that special thing, which holds cultural significance. For example, The Baring Archive holds a special place in the capital, for successfully documenting numerous economic engagements with our trade partners across the pond, by the merchant house of John & Francis Baring & co (est. 1762). Similarly, the Westminster Libraries and Archives, is an emblem of national fine arts, that houses a series of paintings, antiques, textiles, jewellery, and ceramics. Then there is the Liverpool and Merseyside Record Offices, which houses portrait photos from Edward Chambré Hardman, a 17th century talented artist who loved to take photos of the locals.
The Silver Studio Collection, on the outskirts of the capital, is home to more than 40,000 original designs on paper, wallpaper concepts, textile ideas, pattern books, and various methods of correspondence by the studio, as a means of replying back to fashion movements in the style of Art Nouveau, in the late 18th century and early 19th century. The Tyne and Wear archives in the North East, meanwhile counts shipyard docks plans, photographs, and employee records of all the dock workers in Gateshead, from the 12th to the 21st century. Actually, since we are talking about records a lot the Hampshire Record Office, holds so many documents of estates belonging to bishops, dating back to the 11th century, alongside medieval Winchester footage. Imagine that…..permit art to take your breath away this winter!