- Date: 25 June 2012
- Area: South East
BOLXUAAM Big-Mouth Fish Sculpture, World Stories: Young Voices, Brighton Museum. The sculpture is a new aquisition and was made by master carver Michael Homerang from Madina Village in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Credit: Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Young people from across the UK have created a new permanent gallery made up of Brighton Museum’s world class ethnographic collections – and it opened on Saturday 23 June.
World Stories: Young Voices is the South East’s flagship museum project for the London 2012 Festival and is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is an Arts Council England Major partner museum, supported through our Renaissance major grants programme.
The project offered over 240 young people aged between 14 and 25 from Brighton & Hove the unique experience of exploring and reinterpreting objects from the Brighton Museum’s Designated World Art collection. The collection contains over 13,000 objects from the Pacific and Americas, Africa and Asia and is one of only six ethnographic collections in England designated as internationally important.
Young people have spent months working with curators, film makers, artists and writers as part of the project. As well as having a hands on role with research and interpretation of objects in, young people have been involved in the design, marketing and events programmes, as well as working with source communities from outside the UK and with local diaspora communities.
World Stories: Young Voices reveals six aspects of the collection, such as football in Mali and Brighton, ancient burial items from Peru, and ceremonial sculpture and masks from New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The gallery has been designed to consider how culture, in all its forms, brings people together and uses objects and personal stories as part of the design to reach different audiences and walks of life. It includes objects not previously on public display, together with major new purchases and exciting new commissions including films and contemporary artworks.
To complement the major development at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, there are four World Stories South East regional partnership projects: Southampton City Art Gallery and Sea City Southampton; The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology (The University of Reading); Hastings Museum & Art Gallery; and Bexhill Museum.
Sally Abbott, Regional Director, South East, Arts Council England says: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Stories of the World in the South East, an initiative which has engaged with many young people in the region and much further across the globe. The permanent new gallery at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and the further temporary exhibitions in the hub museums offer new and exciting routes into unique collections and will leave a lasting legacy of youth engagement, partnership and understanding.’
World Stories: Young Voices opened at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 23 June. For more information see: http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/WhatsOn/Pages/BMAGworldstoriesyoungvoices23jun12.aspx