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.
At today’s Youth Advisors meeting, we reflected back over the last time we met on our Meet the Museum day, discussed how to put the experience of YAG on CVs and personal statements and met with members of the Visitor Experience team on the Great Map to find out what they are looking at doing to engage young foreign visitors. We also discussed ideas for this year’s summer school programme, looking at the possibility of developing our own audio guides and looking at the different ways we can tell stories through the use of spoken word, soundscapes and alternative narratives. We ended the meeting by heading over to the Queen’s House to test out the audio guides available there and talking about how we could change the format to make the narrative more interesting and appealing to young people.