The start of a busy campaign

By Jo Clarke, Marketing and Programme Development Officer

Hi there – I’m Jo, the Marketing and Programme Development Officer for Plymouth City Council’s Arts and Heritage service. My role includes promotional activities and event coordination for the City Museum and Art Gallery, Smeaton’s Tower, the Elizabethan House and the Merchant’s House.

We’ve got a really significant art exhibition coming up in the Autumn called ‘Artists Make Faces’. There are more than 50 works of art coming to Plymouth from national loan institutions such as tate, National Galleries of Scotland and the Whitworth Art Gallery. A show like this needs a huge amount of time and resource from the staff here at the Museum and Art Gallery and we’ve got a lot of work to do between now and 21 September when it opens to the public!

I’ve just finished producing an exhibition of my own (‘Nancy: The Life and Times of Lady Astor’ – on display until 12 October). Now this has opened, my main priority is the marketing and events campaign for ‘Artists Make Faces’. We have a plan in place and we’re adding to it all the time.

The things I’ve managed to achieve over the last few days include: selecting a lead image for the show, briefing a graphic designer to come up with a visual identity, firming up a number of our related events, sourcing quotes for PR and AA signage, drafting a letter about the exhibition to be sent to stakeholders, setting up a web page, drawing up a navigation plan for a dedicated micro-site and starting this blog!

The exhibition will be delivered with Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. We’ve worked with them on Sir Joshua Reynolds and Scott of the Antarctic projects in the past as well as British Art Show 7. It’s going to be really good to work with them again.

The show is being curated by Monika Kinley OBE.

I’ll try and post regularly on here as things develop with the exhibition and hope you’ll find this insight into how a show comes together interesting.

Until the next time. Best wishes,


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