- Date: 15 April 2013
- Artform: Museums
- Area: National
museumaker was a prestigious national project involving 16 museums across the country. The programme encouraged museums and makers to collaborate by providing financial support and expert advice, which enabled them to draw on each other's rich resources, take creative risks and trial new ideas.
The Lightbox is a museum and gallery, working with makers and artists is central to its mission. The specific objective for the museumaker project was to have a legacy that would make the entrance to the building less daunting and encourage more people to come in.
The installation, Exchanging Luminance by Richard Jackson, combines glass, stainless steel and LED lighting inspired by the essence of the building and its collections. Jayne Pritchard, the Visitor Services Manager thinks it fit the brief perfectly. She said: 'It gives a 'stepping stone' on the way from the entrance gates to the door, lights the path when it is dark, references the structure and shape of the building as well as specific items in its collection.'
There were no problems in the commissioning or the design. The only problem in the installation was that ground works and materials (aluminium) were more expensive than budgeted. The retail products created by Richard, aluminium tea lights, have not sold. It is not clear why. The shop has reduced the price. The community engagement strand alongside had two groups: one with The Park School, a school for children with special needs, and one with the Moorcroft centre, a drop in centre for the elderly. The two groups made lights using different materials such as wire, bamboo, tissue paper etc.
Jayne explained the lessons from the project were: '[That] it is important to understand the process of making, the different stages and how they work.' And to 'Give makers as much support as you can.'
The legacy from the museumaker project is:
You can download the full case study by Annabel Jackson Associates Ltd, which includes feedback from participants here.
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