January 2022


Welcome to The Arts Society Wensleydale
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 14:00
Online Event




How long does it take to put together a major exhibition? Who decides what subjects will be explored and which objects will be included? How do you get an object from the Vatican to the British Museum? In this lecture members are offered a behind the scenes insight into the process and drama of putting together a ‘blockbuster’ exhibition. Drawing on her experiences at the Wallace Collection, Courtauld Institute, British Museum and her own gallery – Anna will share the trials, tribulations and joys of getting from the idea to the opening night. The lecture also explores the contrasts between exhibition and permanent display curating. Behind the Scenes offers members a chance to discover a range of practicalities from packing crates, climate control and even insurance – that open the door on to the inner workings of a museum.


Gallery Images (below)

Cask containing the remains of Thomas a Becket (c.1118-70), c.1190 (gold, lapis lazuli & semi-precious stones), Private Collection

The Great Court of The British Museum


Ms Anna Bianco

Anna Bianco (née Harnden) is a freelance curator, writer, lecturer, tour guide and art historian. She has been an accredited lecturer of The Arts Society for 11 years. She has a BA History of Art and an MA in Curating from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has curated exhibitions and displays at The Wallace Collection, The British Museum, The Embankment Galleries and The Southwark Art Collection. She was Director of the Tryon St. Gallery on the Kings Road, and was Associate Curator at Copperfield Gallery, Southwark. She was also Senior Curator for Faith at Auckland Castle in County Durham. She has been a guest lecturer for Christies Education, Durham University, London College of Communication and the Open University. She has also been a tour guide for Context Travel across London. 

She focuses her work on the medieval and renaissance periods but Anna takes most enjoyment from helping everyone to discover the stories behind art works and museum objects. She is currently in the process of researching and writing her first book. Watch this space! 

In 2019, Anna moved her permanent home from London to North Yorkshire to live with her fiancé. Having married in June 2019 she had her daughter in July 2020. Anna Bianco is taking lecture bookings for dates from May 2021 onwards and is also set up to do online lectures.