Art galleries

Gallery robot helps people experience art from home
The telepresence robot is helping people who would not be able to visit to experience the gallery.

Art gallery pieces become online jigsaw puzzles

A South Yorkshire art gallery has transformed its collection into jigsaws for people to piece together online.

Café de Galata, Constantinople by Charles Theodore Frère
The Cooper Gallery

The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley is home to 17th to 20th Century paintings, watercolours and drawings by artists, including JMW Turner.

Each day it shares a digital puzzle based on a piece from its collection of about 400 works on social media.

One user took little more than four minutes to piece together Café de Galata, Constantinople by Charles Theodore Frère (pictured).

People from around the world have competed to solve them in the quickest time during the lockdown across many countries.

Barnsley Council said the town's other museums would be posting similar challenges online.

Councillor Tim Cheetham said: "In these unusual and difficult times Barnsley Museums want to bring joy and excitement direct to people's homes."

Museum of the Future

V&A Director Tristram Hunt asks how museums are changing
In an increasingly digital world,  museums are responding to calls for greater digital access and the potential of immersive technology.  With the Directors of the Tate, National Gallery and British Museum, Tristram asks whether and other institutions, Tristram asks whether digital technology undermines or enhances the role and function of museums and galleries. How important is the aura of authenticity or are visitors now more interested in downloading a Rembrandt or Vermeer ? 

And, as financial power heads east to the Gulf  and China,  Tristram explores the wonders of some of the world's newest museums and galleries asks how older institutions can compete. 

Producer: Julia Johnson

Museums Are Not Neutral

V&A Director Tristram Hunt explores the politics of the museum
Museums and galleries remain hugely popular but also face increasing criticism over who visits, who pays and what's on display.  

In an era of identity politics, V&A Director Tristram Hunt asks what future museums have when there is no greater sin than 'cultural appropriation', nationalism and nativism decry the multi-cultural stories that galleries tell, and the role of 'experts' is questioned.

With Directors of museums and galleries in London, Derby and Mumbai, Tristram discusses how best to attract new audiences and whether museums should try to promote social justice, transforming their traditional role. He also considers claims that 'Museums Are Not Neutral', explores the co-curation of exhibitions and asks whether 'lived experience’ is as valuable as curatorial knowledge.  

Producer: Julia Johnson