This month we will hear from cultural institutions on new approaches to designing and curating exhibitions with local communities.
Every second Thursday of the month, we host a social meet-up with creative inspiration and an opportunity to connect and learn how we can support one another’s work.
Cultural institutions are radically re-thinking the way they approach, curate and display their content. One of the drivers behind this is to allow perspectives, stories, artifacts and histories of different groups to be heard and seen. Co-creating / curating jointly with communities is vital to ensuring content and narratives are real and institutions become more representative of the population.
This month we will discuss some of the approaches to co-design, and think about what else can be done.
Sarah Davies, Manager of Chelmsford Museum, will introduce our two speakers while referring to their own approach to designing and curating recent exhibitions with local communities.
Speaker 1: Elma Glasgow, a storyteller for social change.
Speaker 2: Sally Shaw MBE, Director of Firstsite.
Sally Shaw is a visionary leader in the arts and culture sector, with a wealth of experience in curating public art projects for the Mayor of London and London Underground. As the Director of Firstsite, a contemporary art gallery in Colchester, Sally has led the organisation to use art and culture as a means of addressing critical challenges in the community, such as deprivation, food poverty and inequity.
Sally will talk about Firstsite’s innovative community collaborations and co-curation work, which have involved thousands of local people in creating and enjoying art. She will discuss how Firstsite has been part of the National Partners programme, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Arts Council Collection.
What to expect
Patch, 5 – 6 Grays Yard, Springfield Rd, Chelmsford, CM2 6QR
7-10pm, Thursday 10th August
The bar serves water, tea, coffee, cola / diet cola, beer and red and white wine, we accept card, but don’t normally accept cash.
Image: Displays from Power of Stories by Ipswich Museums and Aspire Black Suffolk
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