Festival goers flock to Titian Experience

  • 21 July 2013

This summer the Art Fund has supported the National Gallery's Titian Experience; a cinema truck visiting festivals across the UK celebrating some of the artist's masterpieces

The Titian Experience has been busy travelling across Britain giving festival-goers the opportunity to explore Titian's Diana and Callisto from a 21st-century perspective. Visitors to the truck, which is decorated with reproductions of the painting and its companion piece Diana and Actaeon on the side, were invited to watch a short film exploring how the painting has inspired contemporary poets, artists, teachers and curators and speak to art historians about the paintings main themes afterwards.

The programme has been a huge success with visitors to Hay-on-Wye, Buxton, Grassington and Latitude festivals this summer. Jill Hart, Head of Adult Learning at the National Gallery in London was hosting the truck in Latitude this weekend, welcoming hoards of festival goers eager to learn more about Titian's moving masterpieces, 'One of the key things we've been doing is talking about how fantastic the works are and despite the fact they are 450 years old they still have a lot of meaning and relevance for us and our lives today.'

The attraction has been at full capacity throughout the festival, 'We're quite overwhelmed by the levels of interest that we're getting, every screening has been full. One of the most common comments is how fantastic it is to have the National Gallery at a festival and also many people have been saying they want to see the paintings for real which is great!'

The truck has indeed attracted new audiences to Titian's work such as Henna who said, 'I don't know anything about art but I now want to find out much more about these paintings', and enabled others to celebrate the works in a new setting, like Sharon who commented, 'The art is imply beautiful, energising and moving - a great show'.

Diana and Callisto was bought for the National Gallery in 2012 with help from a £2,000,000 Art Fund grant.