Are there big projects planned for Russell-Cotes for the next year?
We are currently working with LGBTQ group. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK and it is a great chance for us to reach out for this community.
What you consider to be the most successful exhibition for the museum this year?
The Mucha exhibition was really successful. I think that we did very well with the “Meeting the modernism” exhibition as well. However, peoples’ expectations rise up because we charge for entry now this leads to changes the nature of the relationship. It is always a challenge to keep it fresh and relevant for our visitors.
Are there any challenges that Russell- Cotes faces recently?
Being a historic building on top of a cliff less than 20 meters from the sea, we have a lot of weather issues. We also have to do all the behind the scenes things that people do not usually see but they are still important. We are obviously trying to earn as much income as we can.
Can you give me an update of the fundraising for the conservatory?
Yes, the campaign is still going and we fund quite a lot of money but we still have that target to reach. It is an on-going thing so we have to keep working on it for a while.
Where can people donate money to the museum?
People can contact us, we are also working on getting a direct debit system set up. But the visitors can put money in the donation boxes and in the shop as well.
Do you have a favorite piece of art in the museum?
At the moment has to be the sculpture called Ten Fathom Tiger. Actually, the sculpture is representing an octopus. The artist called it that way because octopuses are intelligent like a tiger.