Museums at Night 2013: Gloves are off for Scarborough Art Gallery

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 May 2013

Museums at Night 2013 preview: Scarborough Art Gallery, Rotunda Museum, Crescent Arts, Scarborough, May 17 2013

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Will Watts, the Head of Public Programmes at Scarborough Museums Trust, provides a sneak preview of the outfit he'll be wearing in the boxing ring for Museums at Night© Tony Bartholomew
Posturing faux violence hardly sounds the stuff of arts leaders. In a bid to have the final say in the scrap between realist and conceptual art, though, Stuart Cameron, of Scarborough’s Crescent Arts, will go head to head with Debbie Seymour, the Chief Executive of Scarborough Museums Trust.

Using bread “gloves”, the undercard features a face-off between Will Watts, the Trust’s Head of Public Programmes, and artist Karen Thompson.

“The debate has polarised opinion,” reveals Cameron, who says the tension between traditional and cutting edge art led to battle lines being drawn.

“The so-called Scarborough Realists are in one corner, and the Crescent Conceptualists are in the opposite corner. It will all come to a head on the night.”

Seymour is quick to assure everyone that she remains “best of friends” with her temporary adversary, calling it “just a tongue-in-cheek way of explaining different artistic approaches.”

Away from the ring, visitors will get to judge whether the pen is mightier than the fist thanks to Jo Reed, a poet who will read a work based on the people and places of 1960s Soho. The current exhibition at the gallery, Halfway to Paradise, features photos from the period by Harry Hammond.

Over at the Rotunda, curators are also selecting night-themed exhibits from the collections, including nocturnal taxidermy specimens and Victorian nightwear.

  • Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda will be open 6pm-9pm. Reading starts 7pm. Boxing starts 8pm. Find out more.
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