Holburne Museum and Bath Spa University announce new partnership

07 January 2013 11:12:00

The Holburne Museum and Bath Spa University are today announcing a new partnership to promote their academic and cultural collaboration. To celebrate the announcement, Bath Spa University is also sponsoring the Holburne’s latest exhibition: ‘Painted Pomp: Art and Fashion in the Age of Shakespeare’, which opens on 26 January. The exhibition features nine exceptional full-length Jacobean portraits by William Larkin, painted around 1613-18.

The Holburne’s role as a University Museum was established in 1973 through its association with the University of Bath. This new partnership with Bath Spa University, which is well known for its study and research in the areas of creativity, culture and enterprise, recognises the strategic alignment of the two institutions. The partnership builds on the work the Museum and the University have done together over several years, contributing to the University’s teaching and creating innovative and exciting performances, exhibitions and concerts. The partnership will allow them to build upon this relationship to develop further:

  • opportunities for collaborative research, exhibitions, publications and projects;
  • taught academic programmes, specifically in the areas of art and design, history and arts and heritage management; and
  • opportunities for students and staff to expand their personal and professional development.

Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University said: “Bath Spa University is a creative hub of culture and enterprise and we support our students in their endeavours to develop their practice. Our various project partnerships with the Holburne Museum have continued to expand over the years, so it is fitting that we now work more closely together to further develop our relationship.”

Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne Museum said: “Education is at the core of what the Holburne is about. We are delighted and proud to be working in partnership with Bath Spa University. I can’t wait to see the ways in which our collaborations will develop and flourish over a wide range of museum activities and academic disciplines.”