Bexhill Museum, A Global Gathering
Bexhill Museum holds an extensive world art collection including items from Tibet, Africa, India, Australasia and Papua New Guinea alongside a wide range of objects highlighting the history of Bexhill. The museum displays artefacts from its large collection of textiles, costumes, motoring, technology, entomology, geology, botany, ethnography, ornithology, conchology, photography, archaeology, art and social history.
The displays, created and developed by young people, explored themes of performance, dance and physical movement to link with the Olympics, and reflect the young people’s interests in technology, music and popular culture. They were located in various sites around the museum forming a trail for visitors to explore, and alongside the objects that inspired the participants’ work.
To produce the exhibits young people aged 14-24 from Bexhill and the surrounding area worked with museum staff and creative practitioners such as: a cartoonist, street dance teacher, music producer, poet, visual artist and physical theatre instructor to explore, engage with and interpret the museum’s world art material culture through visual and linguistic creativity, dance, music and performance.
“It is fantastic working with the young people – as they see the world art collections with fresh eyes, and have the skills and talents to create playful and dynamic new interpretive material that will show the collections in a completely new light.” Rachel Hemin-Hurst, project coordinator.
The exhibition ran from 30th June – 2nd September 2012.