If you find yourself in an art gallery, take the opportunity to get behind the scenes. The easiest way to do this – for the uninvited – is when building work, refurbishments or re-hangs occur. Walk purposefully into areas with limited or denied access and “find stuff”. The stuff that you find is generally un – curated, often extremely interesting, showcasing artworks that are overlooked in mainstream shows. Drawings are particularly revelatory. Oh, and if you are discovered (rummaging I mean – not artistically) pretend you are visiting the country (do remember which country/museum/gallery you are in) and apologise profusely! Alternatively, set up an appointment to view. Artfolk are, generally, shy, solitary souls. Genuinely surprised when you take an interest, and universally accommodating.

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