Out with the old…
On 3 January 2012 the World Art gallery in Brighton Museum & Art Gallery closed in preparation for the new World Stories: Young Voices gallery, opening 23 June 2012.
For three months staff have been removing objects from their cases and preparing the objects for storage.
After opening the cases – and this was sometimes a feat in itself– each object was inspected. As these objects had been in cases for ten years, it was important to check their condition. The object would then be photographed, measured and carefully packaged. We used ready-made boxes and crates and staff devised some ingenious methods for packing the irregular-shaped objects.
Visitors using the lift next to the closed gallery may well have been puzzled by the sounds coming from behind the hoardings. These mysterious emanations were in fact sticky-tape ripping, bubble-wrap popping, case hammering and low mutterings.
I felt sad closing the lids over familiar objects wondering when they will be seen again. But it is also exciting that the new gallery is beginning to take shape and that there will be new objects on display– and some familiar ones will be back too.
… and in with the new
Lucy Faithful, Assistant Curator of World Art