What’s The Gallery Companion?

You’re in the right place if you are curious about art, if you want to explore what it all means and if you’re interested in what art does in our world, what its purpose is.

This isn’t where you’ll find chat about the minutiae of art history, or the academic blah blah blah about brush strokes or provenance. But it is where you’ll find thought-provoking ideas which come from looking at art and thinking about its meanings.

Art is a representation of thoughts, feelings, ideas and experiences. For me art is about people, stories, and the things we need to express. I’m interested in how ideas that are circulating in culture and society are filtered through the artist and emerge in visual form.

I’m Dr Victoria Powell, I’m the voice behind The Gallery Companion, and I’m delighted that you’ve found your way here.

I’m an historian so I look at artworks as cultural sources. I’m always thinking about how ideas change over time, and how they get interpreted in different ways. Looking at art and artists is, I think, a fascinating way of doing that.

I’m also interested in the role of art in the world, what its function is, what it does for us, both as makers and viewers.

That’s the stuff I write about. And in sentences that actually make sense. There's no confusing art speak here. None of the hifalutin, hoity-toity, dry and frankly boring language which you often find in the Art World, on the walls of art galleries, and in quite a lot of books about art.

That language makes me start yawning immediately, and my eyes glaze over. It switches people right off, and I want to do away with it.

For The Gallery Companion I write about art that interests me. That’s not necessarily what I like. I don’t like everything, no one does, but I am interested in why I don’t like some art – and that’s rarely to do with how it looks.

Wednesday and Sunday posts

I post twice a week for The Gallery Companion. Wednesday posts are for everyone, but only paid subscribers receive Sunday emails and have access to the community and comments.

Sign up as a paid member for £5 per month (£50 annual) and you’ll get a mix of voice notes and writing about artists from the past 200 years, straight to your inbox twice a week.​

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Who’s it for?

The Gallery Companion is definitely for you if you feel like you’re not quite sure what to think about art sometimes, or that you have missed ‘the point’ because you don’t understand what you’re looking at.

But it’s also for you if you have already got some knowledge of art + history and you want to learn more.

Here’s what a couple of current paid members say:

Really appreciating the discussions in The Gallery Companion. I only viewed art at a surface level before joining up - but being introduced to lots of artists and being able to really look at the art from dIfferent perspectives is a real joy. Thank you! Leila Ainge

Since I began following The Gallery Companion I've engaged with art in a completely different way. I went to art college years ago, and it's reignited the passion and enjoyment for art I used to have. I've started to visit more exhibitions, and to explore the work of artists I didn't know about. The way Victoria talks about art is so engaging, and I love reading the comments from everyone who participates. I'm really glad I've found this space and this group of people. Heidi Evans

Behind the paywall you get:

  • Exclusive access to Sunday posts

  • Full access to the archive of posts

  • Another level of love and gratitude from me

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Victoria Powell
I'm Dr Victoria Powell, a writer and lecturer in modern and contemporary art. I've been teaching art history to undergraduates for over 15 years. I'm all about making art easy to understand, without the confusing art speak.