Moore in Focus: A Friendship in Letters was conceived and designed by students at the University of East Anglia as part of their MA Museum Studies course at the School of Art History and World Art Studies. The course is one of the longest-established programmes in Museum Studies in the UK and the only one based inside an art gallery, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
The degree offers intensive preparation for either a career in the museum profession or a higher research degree in museum studies. Students gain an understanding of the history and theory behind museums plus hands-on training in all aspects of museum work – conservation and curation; education and outreach; exhibition design and visitor services; and governance, legal frameworks, marketing and development.
Throughout the degree, students spend one to two days a week on a tailored, individual placement with a local museum; up to four students receive Museum Studies Internships for placements in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The taught element of the course includes a compulsory module on the history and theory of museums in the autumn semester and two interconnected autumn and spring modules on museum management and museum education and outreach.. The taught modules include museum visits with privileged access and regular lectures by leading professionals; previous guest speakers have hailed from institutions as diverse as the British Museum, the Houses of Parliament, the National Trust and Tate Britain, as well as from private businesses serving the museum and heritage sector.
The final exhibition project takes place over the course of the spring semester, from initial planning and research in January to installation in April.
Full team credits:
Claire Amy Allerton – Curatorial Team
During the fast-paced Exhibition Project I worked as part of the Curatorial Team and as the project coordinator; liaising with our host institution, our partners The Henry Moore Foundation and all external contractors, and organised the build of the exhibition. Currently, I am the Collections Management Fellow with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and hold a BA in Art History. A passionate art, museum and gallery enthusiast, I enjoy nothing more than a wander round a busy city, meeting people and taking in culture.
Jocelyn Anderson-Wood – Curatorial team
Prior to joining the MA Museum Studies I studied History of Art at UEA, during which time I volunteered at museums both in Norwich and back home in Surrey. I enjoy baking, feminism and cats. During the project I worked a lot on text, both for labels and for marketing, and particularly enjoyed our visit to the amazing Henry Moore Foundation!
Amy Chang – Marketing Team
Before starting this MA I studied for an undergraduate degree in Classics at the University of Oxford, completed an internship at the Wallace Collection, and volunteered at the Ashmolean Museum. I am particularly interested in working in the areas of communications and learning. For this exhibition, I have been working primarily on the press and print aspects. It’s been an incredible learning experience, and a pleasure to work in this team!
Pascale Gallagher – Marketing Team
MA Student and Mum to one year old Freya. Before coming to UEA I studied History of art and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds, and worked with museums in Tanzania and Zambia. I love a good museum, a good book and a good cup of tea (not necessarily at the same time). I’ve worked mainly on advertising and sponsorship for this project, although we’ve tried to include each other with everything throughout.
Clare Karslake – Educational team
Before starting the Museum Studies MA at UEA I previously studied at the University of Sussex doing an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. Since graduating I have worked for disability organisations in Brighton, and volunteered at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. I am currently doing an internship in the Education department of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and I am part of the education team of Moore in Focus.
Maja Michaliszyn – Curatiorial team
I come from Krakow in Poland. Before starting the Museum Studies (MA) at UEA, I previously studied at the University of Glasgow doing an undergraduate degree in Art History and Italian. I have worked in various museums including the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and the Burrell Collection, both in Glasgow, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. I am currently undertaking an internship at the Fitzwiliam Museum in Cambridge and planning to start a PhD in Venetian Art at UEA. During the exhibition project, I worked on curatorial issues such as carrying out of background research and writing of labels as well as I assisted during the exhibition installation.
Vittorio Ricchetti – Educational Team
Curatorial Fellow at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Prior to my arrival on the island of Albion I lived beside the palmy seaside and the pastel countryside of Liguria. From the golden backgrounds of medieval altarpieces to the crypticality of contemporary installations I’ve worked and interned in disparate kinds of museums. I don’t believe in a separation between curatorship, education and social justice.
Roseanne Soong – Educational Team
Prior to moving to Norwich for the MA Museum Studies course at UEA, I studied BA (Hons) Education Studies at Bradford College. Throughout my time in Yorkshire, I worked and volunteered in various schools, museums, art galleries and libraries. I am a member of the Education Team for Moore in Focus
William Watson – Marketing Team
Before I starting the museum studies MA at UEA I received a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Kent in Canterbury. Since graduating I’ve volunteered at museums and heritage sites throughout Essex and Suffolk. I’ve been a keen museum goer all my life and have really enjoyed my time here at Norwich and the work placement I did at Time and Tide museum in Great Yarmouth. I’m responsible for web content for the project, as well as contributing to our flyers and gallery guides.