Name: Bryony Petch
Position: Art to Grow Outreach Instructor
Newcastle University, UK
Northumbria University, UK
How long have you worked at the Dixon? 5 months
The best thing about living in Memphis is……It’s the birthplace of Rock and Roll and Ugly Mug coffee.
What famous artist (deceased or living) would you want to be for one day and why?
Henry Moore, I think it would be really satisfying to work on such a large scale with industrial materials to create such beautiful figures.
How old were you on your first visit to a museum (art, science history)? How did it shape your interest in museums?
I remember been taken to museums from a very young age, my favorite were the National Museum of Film and Photography Bradford and National Railway Museum York. I loved seeing the Royal trains, every detail down to place settings in the buffet car were perfect! I enjoy now what I have always loved about museums which is seeing something extraordinary and beautiful whether it been art, science or trains.
Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
Horatio the Hamster, named after CSI Miami Horatio Kane (he has red hair). Unfortunately he couldn’t come on the plane when we moved to Memphis so he lives with my brother back in England.
What is your favorite piece in Jean-Louis Forain: La Comédie parisienne?
Young Woman on a Yacht 1883.
What do you like most about working at the Dixon?
Beautiful surroundings and lovely people.