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Past, present and future with Saxton Bampfylde As a consultant I work with clients, candidates, colleagues and partners to find amazing people for wonderful and important arts, culture and heritage organisations. Rainy day delightsThis autumn I spent a few very happy days in St Petersburg (it didn’t rain fortunately) where one can lose oneself for days on end in the various museums, galleries and historic buildings. Alongside the obvious places, the Mariinsky and the Hermitage, I also loved the Russian Museum – particularly the large collection of Kandinskys, the art from the early Soviet period and the folk art squirrelled away in the basement. I would also certainly recommend the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines – entry gives you 15 kopeks and allows you to play classic games on the original machines giving you a hands on window into everyday life of the Soviet period. Combine this with a cheap and warming plate of doughnuts and instant coffee with condensed milk at Soviet era cafe ‘Pyshki’ to get a further feel for life in Leningrad.
Finally, I enjoyed heading out to the suburbs to the Imperial Porcelain Factory; it is still a working factory but they have a nice museum of pieces from across their history including some radical supremacist tea sets from the likes of Malevich made after the revolution.
Passionate aboutWhilst I like little better than exploring museums of all shapes and sizes as well as art, books and cinema – my first love was music and I still play guitar and piano as much as I can (even if my gigging days are largely behind me).
One hot tip With the sad news recently of the passing away of former Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Giles Waterfield, I have started reading his 2002 book The Hound in the Left Hand Corner, an entertaining (and revealing!) satire about the world of running museums.
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Parenno’s Anywhen Exhibition - Fan or faintly disappointed? My two experiences of it were totally different; I really liked seeing the interplay of lights and sound all along the giant hall and my little boy thoroughly enjoyed playing with an inflatable fish. I won’t pretend to understand what it is all about yet but I want to go back and explore more! www.tate.org.uk