Lighting the cauldron - Young people and cultural organisations

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Presentation slides from our 'Lighting the cauldron - Young people and cultural organisations' conference at the Museum of London, Thursday 25 October 2012.

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, Arts Council England's Stories of the World programme transformed the opportunities open to young participants and challenged museums to make lasting change to how they operate by embedding young people at the heart of their decision-making.

The conference brought together project partners, key thinkers and influencers from across the cultural sector to explore what has changed and how to take forward youth engagement and co-production. The conference explored what museums can learn from Stories of the world and how this learning can be applied to the wider cultural sector.

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Lighting the cauldron - Young people and cultural organisations

  1. 1. Lighting the cauldronSharing our stories #ypcultureThursday 25 October, Museum of LondonWelcome: Moira Sinclair, Arts Council England
  2. 2. Don’t put us ina box:Junction youthpanel’s top tipsto museumsLucie Fitton, Senior Community Collaboration Managerlfitton@museumoflondon.org.ukMiki Webb, Junction youth panellistShakira Malkani, Junction youth panellist
  3. 3. What did the Museum of London learn from being part of Stories of the World?• Real co-curation and co- production is hard work but brings positive change for our organisation• We Junction - the long term input of our youth panel is vital to successful collaboration with young people in the future.
  4. 4. Don’t put me in a box (or a case) • Stereotypes and perceptions of young people as portrayed in the media are a myth • Many of us are hard working and passionate • Young people are all different from each other • Always consult young people during the planning stages of projects.
  5. 5. It’s all about me• Knowledge is power• Learning flows when it relates to who we are as individuals• Historical context falls into place through exploring relevance to our lives• We want to be part of something – a participant not just an audience member• Different creative routes into the collections suit different young people• You can learn as much from me as I can learn from you.
  6. 6. We like freeness • Make it free – there is stiff competition for our money and time • Make sure we aren’t out of pocket – cover travel and feed us – this means no one misses out • Museums are well placed to offer exciting opportunities for young people to have fun and gain skills – especially as so many other youth services are being even harder hit in the cuts.
  7. 7. This ain’t the Roman days• …but contemporary issues can be used as a route into the past and connect us to the world we live in• Museums should get involved in current and even taboo and hard-hitting issues.
  8. 8. Popping the social media bubble • Remember we don’t all have access to social media • If we do, we use it to connect to friends – not look up museum information • Social media shouldn’t be the main driving purpose of your project – but it’s a great tool for exploring the past • It is a successful way to showcase and celebrate our work • Don’t forget to train us on how to use twitter, blogs and other media = new skills.
  9. 9. Treat your museum like a YouTube video – it needs to go viral• Get young people talking about your museum – word of mouth is best• What makes your museum unique and exciting?
  10. 10. What next for us?• Junction – a permanent legacy• Dedicated Youth Programme Coordinator• New youth programmes and Young People’s strategy• Our Londinium 2012 – evaluation feedback this week. How do visitors respond to co- curation?• We’ll be in the exhibition between 2 – 2.30pm – come and say hello
  11. 11. Lighting the cauldronSharing our stories #ypcultureChair: Katherine Pritchard
  12. 12. Change makers: young people transforming our museums Vanessa Trevelyan Matthew Goodall Bernadette Bidmead
  13. 13. Lighting the cauldronSharing our stories #ypcultureChair: Katherine Pritchard
  14. 14. ‘Coll-education’ The chicken and egg of collections and education Esther Amis-Hughes and Stephanie Webb Leeds Museums and Galleries
  15. 15. What is ‘Colleducation’‘Colleducation is theaccidental and entirelyunintentional marryingof collections andeducation until youcannot see the start ofone and the end of theother’OED 2020, 305th edition
  16. 16. The poster pin up of Colleducation• Antonia’s expertise and willingness to get out any items, and to share her extensive knowledge was of benefit to us, and all Yorkshire partners
  17. 17. Coll(education)
  18. 18. Coll(Education)
  19. 19. How did ‘Colleducation’ meet?• Early education sessions and ‘challenges’• Early lessons:- Broaden collection themes- Get curators to help with outreach- Realise objects are the fundamental point and without them I am just a slightly odd woman who talks a lot
  20. 20. Mok: Colleducation’s baby
  21. 21. Colleducation’s Monster• If objects are our unique selling point – let’s see what happens if our ‘education programme’ (the Exhibition Team) choose the objects, research them, write interpretation …
  22. 22. Colleducation’s MonsterObject Research - Enhanced knowledge- Increased information on TMS- Experts created- New books published- New research into ‘forgotten’ areas
  23. 23. Colleducation’s MonsterObject interpretation- Characters- Passport- Audio- Films- Air miles- You Decide!
  24. 24. Colleducation’s MonsterThe gallery experience
  25. 25. Colleducation’s MonsterMarketing• Treasure Dash• You Decide App
  26. 26. Colleducation lessons• Collections are at the heart of education programmes• In order for this to work, you need to be willing to hand over control and expect anything• Boundaries need to be in place – and need to be explained to everyone (for example human remains)• Don’t compromise. Try it. It leads to amazing things. It is refreshing working with people who were less aware of practical considerations and were just willing to work hard to make their vision a reality. (I was constantly asked ‘Why not?’, so I had to have a good reason for saying no to things!)
  27. 27. Why was it a successful marriage?• Because the collections and education programme were so closely linked that they were indistinguishable• The ‘education programme’ was running our exhibition• Because the ‘process’ was educational, so the end result was educational
  28. 28. Colleducation is the future! esther.amishughes@leeds.gov.uk
  29. 29. Lighting the cauldronSharing our stories #ypcultureChair: Katherine Pritchard
  30. 30. Keep on Trucking!
  31. 31. Project Concept • Inspired by Luton’s  international motor vehicle  heritage and strong Pakistani  community  • Build on the vehicle collection  at Stockwood Discovery  Centre • Opportunity to work with   young people in Luton from  all our communities • Work across cultural sectors  to share skills and experience.
  32. 32. Truck Art Aims • To engage with young  people in their cultural  heritage and in the heritage  of Luton.  • To work with partners to  broker a sustainable  relationship with Pakistan  • To promote community  cohesion and tolerance in  Luton • Involving young people and  communities in the  development and delivery  of the project.
  33. 33. Key Elements of the Project • Creation of the RE‐created Youth group • Established  partnerships in Pakistan with  National College of Art and Lahore  • Material Response artist exchange • Inspirational youth group visit to Pakistan
  34. 34. RE‐created Visit to Pakistan 2010
  35. 35. RE‐created Visit to Pakistan 2010
  36. 36. Material Response• Artist exchange project• Workshop with RE‐ created youth group• Master classes and  event for visitors• Collections  development through  creation of our own  truck• Legacy work
  37. 37. Vardo and Truck Art
  38. 38. Haider Ali and Rory Coxhill
  39. 39. Workshops with RE‐created
  40. 40. Master Classes and Events
  41. 41. Creating our truck
  42. 42. Truck Art
  43. 43. Key Project partners
  44. 44. Legacy
  45. 45. Arts Award 2011
  46. 46. Summer Reading Challenge 2011
  47. 47. Vardo Art 2012• NCA student visit to Luton  hosted by RE‐created• Workshops to create a living  wagon based on vardo and  Truck art inspirations• Artist exchange with Haider  Ali and Truck art Apprentice• Exhibition for SOTW  ‘Around the World in Eighty  Objects’
  48. 48. Community partnerships
  49. 49. International partnerships
  50. 50. Co‐production• Ensure sustainable  future of the museum  through volunteering• Increase community  awareness and  involvement in museum• Local pride and  ‘ownership’• Develop a new model for  the museum planning  and programming
  51. 51. Karen PerkinsDirector of Museums01582 546726Karen.Perkins@lutonculture.com
  52. 52. Lighting the Cauldron #ypculture Big Dance 2008 launch at London Palladium Photo: James O Jenkins

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