We have collaborated with the Herbert under the Courtauld National Programme since 2016 when a special exhibition presented Degas’ Two Dancers on the Stage alongside two bronze sculptures and a large charcoal drawing by Degas from The Courtauld’s collection. Since then, the partnership has gone from strength to strength with a loan of loaned Cézanne’s Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine in 2018 and an exhibition bringing together radical drawings from both collections due to open in October 2019.
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum reopened in 2008 following a £20 million refurbishment with a striking modern facility adjacent to Coventry cathedral and University. The Herbert has extensive and wide ranging collections which are grouped under four broad headings: Visual Arts, Social and Industrial History, Archaeology, Natural History, with a mission to bring history and arts to life for the people of Coventry.
The partnership developed out of a desire to reconnect the Courtauld collection with the towns and cities across the UK that were home to Courtaulds Ltd. The plant in Coventry employed 4,720 people by 1925, many of them women. By 1938 11,500 people were employed by Courtaulds in the Midlands area, with Coventry remaining its largest single plant anywhere in the UK. Courtaulds Ltd had a profound and enduring impact on the economic and social history of Coventry.
In 2019 we will focus on this legacy as volunteers collect the stories of former employees of Courtauld Ltd to create a reminiscence film and contribute to the existing museum and archive collections at the Herbert. The film will be shown alongside Radical Drawing: Works from Coventry and the Courtauld, 18th October 2019 – 19th January 2020, which will bring together works from the Herbert, University of Warwick and the Courtauld to explore the radical and creative potential of drawn marks and lines.
You can find out more about the Herbert and the project in Coventry by visiting their website or getting in touch:
T: 024 7623 752