On Thursday 28 June 2018 Barnsley Museums hosted our SSN Study Day ‘Quakers, Linen and a World Tour - How Dutch Painters came to Barnsley‘ at Cannon Hall Museum.
Cannon Hall Museum is one of five sites run by Barnsley Museums in South Yorkshire and holds an excellent collection of decorative arts. It also currently hosts artworks from the De Morgan Foundation on long-term display in the ‘Family of Artists’ exhibition.
Cannon Hall’s fine art collection contains many exceptional works by 17th century Dutch and Flemish artists, as well as household names such as Canaletto, Hogarth and Constable. The Study Day’s focus was on Dutch paintings, which had been the subject of an SSN bursary funded research project culminating in an exhibition and engagement programme in the summer of 2018.
The exhibition ‘A Dutch Golden Age: Painters, Places and People in the 17th Century’ was designed to encourage engagement with Dutch Old Master paintings. Paintings from Cannon Hall Museum’s Harvey Collection, by artists such as Adriean van Ostade, Aert van der Neer and Jan van der Heyden, were complemented by key loans such as the National Gallery’s ‘An Elderly Man as Saint Paul’ by Rembrandt and ‘Skittle Players Outside an Inn’ by Jan Steen.
The SSN Study Day provided an insight into the conception of the exhibition curated by Natalie Murray, Collections and Exhibitions Manager, and the outcomes of her research. Lynn Dunning, Group Leader Arts & Heritage, gave an inspiring overview over Barnsley Museums’ venues, integrated approach and fundraising activities, as well as its recent success in securing a place as a National Portfolio Organisation for 2018-22. Delegates were also able to find out about the engagement programme led by the Learning Team, who described reaching out in particular to disadvantaged community groups and people with health challenges. A project that excited much interest among delegates was a still-life session with young Travellers.