Allow artists to paint and study in the National Gallery of Victoria sign now

In view of the engagement and access policies held by the National Gallery of Victoria, and in great faith of turning this century into a significant one for all artists and their living gallery, I share a widely held suggestion for improvement. This being the practice of allowing artists the opportunity to paint and study in the gallery. It is encouraging to see children that visit NGV Kids Corner and NGV Kids Space, having hands on experiences and creating in the gallery. I ask, why should this activity be restricted to children?
I am sure you are aware of the practice code in European galleries and museums, of allowing such in-situ painting to take place. It was common practice for students to do studies of master’s works in order to gain a more complete understanding of creating a picture. Allowing artists to study directly from great works will provide invaluable benefits to both the artist and the gallery – enhancing an understanding of craftsmanship, improving standards of painting, and allowing the public to see the art making process. I once addressed this issue to the NGV as a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, and received a reply stating that the logistics of such a program were being investigated, and that my idea would be sympathetically considered. That was as far as the issue was taken. Now, over ten years later, I am an established artist and find this issue still very close to my heart.

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Eolo BottaroBy:
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National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

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Myself, artists

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great masters, in-situ, ngv, paint, painting, study from great masters

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