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SIfA PhD student curates exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum

SIfA PhD student curates exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum

28 March 2015 – 6 March 2016

PhD student, Sarah Moulden, has curated a new in-focus exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery as an output of her AHRC Collaborative Doctorate Award.

'Almost too daring for an individual' : John Sell Cotman's one-man exhibition, 1806–7

Opening on 28 March, the exhibition re-imagines one of the schemes from a large one-man show that the Norwich born artist, John Sell Cotman (1782–1842), staged in the city during the winter of 1806–7. With a dense hang of 500 artworks, it was one of the largest solo shows ever to have been staged by a British artist, making it a key event not only in Cotman’s own career but in the history of British exhibition culture. Drawing on the Museum’s rich holdings of the artist's early work, the exhibition conjures a visual spectacle akin to that experienced by visitors to the show some two hundred years ago, and highlights the enterprising ways in which Cotman used his artwork to present himself as an ambitious and varied artist at a turning point in his career.


Sarah Moulden is completing a PhD, entitled Survival in the British Art World, 1800–1840: The Art and Career of John Sell Cotman, in the Department of Art History and World Art Studies supervised by Dr Sarah Monks of UEA and Dr Andrew Moore formerly of Norwich Caste Museum. She was recently appointed Curator of Art Collections (London and East) at English Heritage.


Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

28 March 2015 – 6 March 2016 

Included in museum admission - Adult £7.95, Conc. £6.50, Child £5.20

John Sell Cotman, Behold Yon Oak, 1804, Norfolk Museums Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery).

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