Posted on September 11th 2018
Visit from Director of the National Portrait Gallery
On Tuesday 11th September, Harris St. John's Wood Art and Design students across 3 key stages welcomed Dr. Nicholas Cullinan to the lecture theatre where he described his education and how after studying Art History at the Courtauld University he became a security guard at the National Portrait Gallery.
Later he become an art historian and curator working in Bilbao, New York and Venice. He worked for some time at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and in 2014 he co-curated an exhibition of Henri Matisse's cut-outs at the Tate Modern which was the most successful in the gallery's history.
Remembering all the paintings and photographs in detail at the NPG certainly helped in securing his role as Director! The students asked excellent questions and Nicholas was most impressed with the warm welcome, exceptional conduct and enthusiasm from Harris Academy pupils.
The National Portrait Gallery is an excellent gallery which is free to visit. He recommended the brilliant exhibition on MICHAEL JACKSON which is on until the 21st October (only £5 for students).