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Nicola Coleby

(joint fellowship with Alexandra Loske)

Nicola Coleby is an art historian working at the Royal Pavilion & Museums in Brighton & Hove as Partnerships and Special Projects Officer. Her role is to research and develop new partnerships between the Royal Pavilion & Museums with other museums, galleries and universities, both in the UK and abroad. She has curated and organised exhibitions for the Royal Pavilion & Museums since 1992, working as Creative Programmer for the Royal Pavilion for the last three years. During the fellowship she research links, similarities, and differences between Chinoiserie elements in 18th- and 19th-century Russian and English art, design and architecture in preparation for an exhibition of Russian Chinoiserie designs and/or a comparative study of British and Russian Chinoiserie at the Royal Pavilion.


«The Likhachev Foundation Fellowship provided a wonderful and unique opportunity for the Royal Pavilion to research and explore links between Russian Chinoiserie and Chinoiserie in England, particularly at the Royal Pavilion. We met the curators and directors at Hermitage Museum, the Museum of the City of St Petersburg, the Russian National Library and Oriental Studies Institute, four Imperial Palaces in the surroundings of St Petersburg, whose knowledge and hospitality were second to none. We were privileged to be given guided tours, shown storerooms and allowed access to buildings normally closed to visitors. Our knowledge of Russian history and culture was further deepened through our contact and friendship with the other Likhachev Foundation fellows in our cohort.


We returned to the UK steeped in new knowledge acquired during the programme so generously arranged for us by the Likhachev Foundation, and excited by the potential for collaboration and exchange between the Royal Pavilion and the museums and palaces of St Petersburg. We have found concrete links and connections between the Royal Pavilion and St Petersburg as well as differences in how Chinoiserie was conceived and perceived in the two countries. We plan to develop our contact with our Russian peers and to continue our research into the theme, with a view to collaborating in 2018/19 on displays or an exhibition of Russian Chinoiserie in the Royal Pavilion and possibly in the adjacent Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. We are indebted to the Likhachev Foundation and associated colleagues for giving us this enormously privileged and unforgettable opportunity to explore this new and fascinating subject, and for their outstanding support and hospitality; and to the many curators and directors for their unfailing generosity in sharing their scholarly expertise and treasures with us”.