William Blake (1757–1827), Europe Plate i: Frontispiece, The Ancient of Days , c.1827, relief etching, ink, watercolour, body colour on paper. H 232 x W 170 mm. Gift from John Edward Taylor, 1892. Courtesy of the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.
William Blake (1757–1827), Europe Plate i: Frontispiece, The Ancient of Days , c.1827, relief etching, ink, watercolour, body colour on paper. H 232 x W 170 mm. Gift from John Edward Taylor, 1892. Courtesy of the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.
William Blake (1757–1827), Europe Plate i: Frontispiece, The Ancient of Days , c.1827, relief etching, ink, watercolour, body colour on paper. H 232 x W 170 mm. Gift from John Edward Taylor, 1892. Courtesy of the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.

Earlier last week, a webinar delivered by Vastari Connects and the Whitworth Gallery announced the Whitworth to be the UK’s first museum to mint (and make publicly collectible) a collection artwork as an NFT — ‘The Ancient of Days’ (1827), by William Blake. Along with details of its price, editions and the chosen platform, independent curator, collector and host Jason Bailey was invited to talk with guest speakers Bernadine Bröcker-Wieder (Vastari CEO), Poppy Bowers (Exhibitions Curator, Whitworth) and Alistair Hudson (Whitworth Director), to discuss what they aimed to achieve with this artwork on the blockchain.

‘The Ancient of Days’ NFT…

A delightful fantasy illustration from RaidGuild’s homepage

(This may be TL;DR — feel free to skip to ‘The Apprentices of RaidGuild’ and condense your reading time!)

Hello! And thank you for visiting my very first publication on Medium — it is a pleasure to have you here. This will be one of my pivotal, early acts in the Ethereum community. Until now, I have been acting the quiet apprentice, writing endless notes of how everything works here on the blockchain, with the help of some generous friends to guide the way. I hope to look back on this with nostalgia of when I took a risk, one…

Harry Martin

Art Director of The Edicurial Collection. Coordinator at ETHLocal, Council at Visual Arts Scotland, Partner at Stone Oven House. Art Advisor and Curator.

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