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Katherine has been working in the heritage sector for over ten years, specialising in digital engagement, both onsite and online for a range of audiences. Currently she is Head of Digital at the National Portrait Gallery, leading on the digital elements of the Gallery’s transformational Inspiring People project. Prior to this she has worked for a range of organisations including Oak National Academy, the Natural History Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, Historic Royal Palaces and the British Museum. Alongside her day to day work she is a trustee at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Living Portraits: Bringing Portraiture to Life
Living Portraits brings historic artworks to life using technology and theatricality while retaining the historic authenticity. We will talk about the first portrait in the series, Jem Belcher, a butcher turned boxer from the 19th century, who we brought to life to better understand whether hearing his experience directly can change the perceptions of unengaged audiences to historic artworks. This talk, delivered by a collaborative team from Athena Arts Foundation, Megaverse and the National Portrait Gallery, will look at the motivations behind the project, the technology used, the audience impact from the project and what we hope to do next.