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How Creatives Can Work With Museum Collections

  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery The Strand Derby, England, DE1 1BS United Kingdom (map)
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Museums are a huge resource for creative inspiration, knowledge, research, and increasingly the chance to work with a wide cross section of people, objects and stories.

This workshop at Derby Museum, with artist and curator Jane Bevan, is ideal for creative and digital entrepreneurs interested in accessing museum collections or creating projects with museums.

The day will focus on the opportunities to work with museums both as a resource for your own work, and as a potential project partner. Jane Bevan began her career in museums and galleries, curating contemporary art exhibitions and working with artists and collections for over 25 years. In 2009 she changed career to study Craft: Sustainability and Innovation at the University of Derby. Now, as well as her own arts practice Jane works at Derby Museum as a curator in the Co-production team for a new World Cultures Gallery.

The day will include:

  • An overview of current curatorial practice including the increased role of the public in shaping the displays, exhibitions and activity of Derby Museums
  • Opportunities for creative and digital artists in museums in the UK and internationally, with examples, including artists working politically with collections
  • Collections and object handling
  • A fun and intriguing creative activity co-creating a collection from found materials (No previous craft experience required)
  • Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will make the catering team aware

You’ll come away with a real insight into how you can engage as a practitioner with museums, and some ideas for future projects or collaborations and how to follow them up. This event one of our events, working with Janet Currie of The Refectory Table, looking at ways for creative people to think about doing things differently.

Please note, as there are extremely limited places, please only book onto the event if you can commit to the whole day.

Thank you!