Art UK is delighted to announce the launch of the Watt Institution guide on the Bloomberg Connects app.
The Bloomberg Connects app is a free digital guide where you can explore content from numerous cultural organisations. Wherever you are in the world, you can access a range of content, either to add to your experience viewing the gallery in person, or to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. The Watt Institution's guide is an exciting addition to the diverse array of cultural institutions currently represented on the app.
The Watt Institution in Scotland is named after James Watt, the world-renowned inventor, and brings together the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, the Watt Library, Inverclyde Archives and the Watt Hall. The Watt Institution's guide on Bloomberg Connects highlights Greenock, Inverclyde heritage, and global history.
To see what the Watt Institution has to offer, why not visit the gallery's fantastic guide on the Bloomberg Connects app? On the guide, you can find fascinating 3D collections, fine art, and discover Inverclyde's role in the First World War.
The Watt Institution's guide on Connects also provides an insight into their current and upcoming exhibitions. 'Language of Dreams' explores artist colour palettes and how colours convey choices and themes. The exhibition is inspired by the American Tonalist artist Arthur Hoober (1854–1915) and features works with more muted colour palettes. One such work is Mist, Bordeux by Eugène Louis Boudin (1824–1898). On the Connects app, you can hear Digital Learning and Engagement Officer Noel Griffin discussing Mist, Bordeux. Noel says, 'The painting, on first glance, appears almost entirely monochromatic, although Boudin's palette is, in reality, much more complex.'
The Watt Institution's guide also highlights their impressive collections. Their guide states, 'in addition to outstanding collections of local material from the Inverclyde area, the Museum offers displays and collections drawn from many cultures across 3,000 years of human history.' This includes a sixteenth-century Spanish Armada cannon, the Mummy cartonnage of a woman called An-Ankh-Rat dating back to 945–700 BC, and natural sciences objects such as the Heliconius doris butterfly.
Amongst the museum objects featured in their guide are social history objects including a chocolate box dated from the time of the First World War. According to the Watt Institution's guide on Connects, this tin box was 'sent as a gift to HM forces from the British Caribbean colonies. The tin bears the emblems of Trinidad, Grenada and St Lucia.'
In their fascinating fine art collection, the Watt Institution have included highlights from artists such as Samuel John Peploe (1871–1935), John Ducan Fergusson (1874–1961) and Anne Redpath (1895–1965). The Watt Institution explains that 'the Inverclyde area has a long and distinguished tradition of producing artists who have contributed enormously to the development of art in Scotland and beyond.' Their guide on Connects showcases some of these brilliant artists.
To dig deeper and explore more from the Watt Institution, download the Bloomberg Connects app today!
Esther White, Collections Content and Liaison Officer, Art UK