YAG Workshop, Tuesday 15 April 2014

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YAG Workshop, Tuesday 15 April 2014

The Museum’s new Re:Think space has opened and the Youth Advisors were the first group invited in use it. Working with artist in residence, Maria Amidu, the Youth Advisors met with the Asian Senior Citizen Club group to learn more about how the space will work and had a play. We also met with Exhibitions Interpretation Curator Hannah Kay to learn more about how the Museum tells stories and writes labels for the objects it displays. The Re:Think space features Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle and is designed to be a space for conversation, learning and participantion to understand and share the artwork and it’s themes.

Looking at the displays

Looking at the displays

Re:Think

Re:Think

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Exploring the Re:Think space

Exploring the Re:Think space

The Asian Senior Citizens Club group worked with Maria to make a film about spices for the Museum’s Traders gallery. In 2009 some of the Youth Advisors also worked with Maria to learn more about the East India Company, so both groups had their stories to share and the Youth Advisors showed some of the images from their Traders Remixed exhibition.

Youth Advisors introducing themselves

Youth Advisors introducing themselves

Youth Advisors introducing themselves

Youth Advisors introducing themselves

After sharing lunch, we all had an explore of the space. Youth Advisor Davina said, I like the fact it’s interactive, there are things to do and it’s a big space. Youth Advisor Ruth added, I like the space, it’s really cool. I like the whole idea of it and it’s really interactive.

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Maria showing the Asian Senior Citizens Centre group the interactives

Maria showing the Asian Senior Citizens Club group the interactives

The Asian Senior Citizens Club really liked the space, commenting:

It’s a great space for people to come together and talk and discuss history

We can learn from each other, it’s very friendly

It makes you feel like you can do anything

Exploring the Re:Think space

Exploring the Re:Think space

What would you put ina bottle?

What would you put in a bottle?

Leaving your mark

Leaving your mark

Looking at the collection online

Looking at the collection online

Leaving a message

Leaving a message

Making a paper ship

Making a paper ship

In the Re:Think there are areas to make paper boats, and also areas to leave your ideas of what you would put in a bottle. Some of the Threads Summer School work, which was inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s artwork, was displayed in the cabinets.

Looking at some of the Summer School portfolios on display

Looking at some of the Summer School portfolios on display

Leave your mark

Leave your mark

Watching a video about Yinka Shonibare

Watching a video about Yinka Shonibare

Isobel looking at pictures of the artwork

Isobel looking at pictures of the artwork

Youth Advisors making boats

Youth Advisors making boats

Re:Think

Re:Think

Re:Think

Re:Think

We then met with Hannah Kay, one of the Museum’s Exhibitions Interpretation Curators and she told us more about how the Museum writes labels and how big this responsibility is. She told us as soon as something goes on a label it becomes a fact, and it can be difficult to explain things in a way that will make everyone understand the object or story fully. Youth Advisor Josh commented, The label writing was good fun – thinking about how to write in a concise way.

Hannah introducing interpretation to the group

Hannah introducing interpretation to the group

Reading more about interpretation in museums

Reading more about interpretation in museums

Re:Think

Re:Think

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Boat making

Boat making

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Maria then showed the groups how to make a nail from wax. She will be working with people to produce their own nails which will become part of a big collaborative work commemorating all the people involved in shipbuilding. Once the groups had made their nails, they wrote their names on a board so they can be included in the artwork.

Adding our names to a board for everyone that made a piece of art

Adding our names to a board for everyone that made a piece of art

Adding our names to a board for everyone that made a piece of art

Joshua creating a wax boat

Joshua creating a wax boat

Joshua and Rahul creating a wax boat

Joshua and Rahul creating a wax boat

Finished nails

Finished nails

It was great to see the space and be the first group to use it, working with Maria and the Asian Senior Citizens Club. Youth Advisor Shezara said It’s really cool that [the Asian Senior Citizens Club] are here. I want to volunteer for them – they can adopt me!

I hope we can work together again soon and we’ll definitely spend more time in the Re:Think.

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