Community, Family and Inter-generational Learning

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Speakers: Lucie Fitton, Inclusion Programme Manager, Museum of London and Donna Williams, Project Officer, Falmouth Art Gallery - This session will explore two contrasting organisations and the work they have done to engage with their communities. Hear how the Museum of London has been working with a range of young people to co-curate an exhibition as part of their Stories of the World project. Falmouth Art Gallery will share their experiences of staging innovative community projects involving everyone from baby paint to Age Concern and visitors aged 0 to 103!

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Community, Family and Inter-generational Learning

  1. 1. Community, Family and Inter-generational learning Donna Williams Project Officer
  2. 36. Stories of the World at the Museum of London Working with young people as co-curators Lucie Fitton, Inclusion Programme Manager [email_address] 0207 814 5742
  3. 37. Introduction <ul><li>My role as Inclusion Programme Manager at MOL </li></ul><ul><li>Brief introduction to the Museum of London </li></ul><ul><li>Aims of this presentation: to explore working with young people as co-curators of a major exhibition </li></ul>
  4. 38. Stories of the World: an overview <ul><li>Nationally </li></ul><ul><li>Stories of the World is one of the major projects at the heart of the Cultural Olympiad and the biggest youth engagement project ever undertaken by UK museums. </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy of organisational change underpins the project – NYA/RC frameworks </li></ul>
  5. 39. <ul><li>Regionally </li></ul><ul><li>23 museums in London have been working in 4 clusters lead by MOL, Geffrye, LTM and the Horniman – exploring the themes of identity, home, journeys and place </li></ul>
  6. 40. At the Museum of London <ul><li>Exploring the theme of place </li></ul><ul><li>using our Romans collections </li></ul><ul><li>Using a framework of ‘parallels, influence and legacy’ as a route into engaging young people with this collection </li></ul><ul><li>Driven by our ‘interventions’ exhibition ‘Our Londinium 2012’ due to open June 2012 </li></ul>
  7. 41. Young people <ul><li>As producers (artists) of content for the exhibition and co-curators of this content </li></ul><ul><li>Various opportunities tailored to different young people – youth panel, creative projects, volunteering, internships </li></ul><ul><li>Young people 14 – 24 </li></ul><ul><li>Outside of formal educational setting </li></ul><ul><li>All backgrounds: </li></ul><ul><li>After-school clubs, university and college students, organisations that work with NEETs, unemployed young people, young mental health service users, PRU, YOI </li></ul><ul><li>Recruited through existing and new partnerships </li></ul>
  8. 42. Co-curation: 2010-11 phase 1 Conceptual development and content creation <ul><li>Junction youth panel </li></ul><ul><li>Forming exhibition concept and content framework </li></ul><ul><li>Developing youth engagement projects that will provide creative content (interventions) for the exhibition, based on key messages </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in the running of these projects </li></ul>
  9. 44. Co-curation: 2011-12 phase 2 Detailed exhibition curation and design <ul><li>Design brief </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding location of interventions in Roman gallery – working with curator, conservator, designer and audience advocate </li></ul><ul><li>Creating set of physical object interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioning additional artistic works </li></ul><ul><li>Hiring 3D designer </li></ul><ul><li>Interpretation </li></ul>
  10. 45. Challenges of co-curation – so far <ul><li>Difficult to define their role during the conceptual development phases – dry </li></ul><ul><li>Long lead in time – less motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity of Stories of the World </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of co-curators </li></ul><ul><li>Linking creative content and co-curators </li></ul><ul><li>Museum processes </li></ul><ul><li>Cross departmental involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Building additional time into programme, especially for design </li></ul>

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