Epstein’s ‘Genesis’ – all boxed up!

3 09 2013

IMG_0789 IMG_0790 IMG_0783Epstein's 'Genesis' - all boxed up!

Following on from a fantastic Whitworth Weekending, the tone has changed here at the Gallery and the pace has moved away from all the wonderful public facing activities that our audiences enjoy so much, to a focus on putting our collections to bed (to borrow a phrase from the National Trust). This week, staff have started on a 16 week decant programme which began with the de-installation of our summer exhibitions and sees all our collections returned to secure storage.

Epstein’s iconic figure of Genesis that has recently graced our entrance foyer (and was so amazingly recreated in the park from willow by artist Lucy Burscough) has been carefully hoisted into a crate for storage during our closed period. Other works that were loaned to us will also be packed up and returned to the lending institutions, and many other works from our collections will be unframed and put away in Solander boxes in the Print Room, or in the case of wallpapers and textiles, re-rolled or re-boxed and returned to their respective stores.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll continue to report on the progress on site with ISG, but also give you a glimpse of the massive amount of activity that will continue behind the scenes.

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