Calling for young 'curators' for major project!
Published: 24 February 2010
National Museums Northern Ireland is calling all aspiring curators and young people interested in museums to join its ‘Rhythms of the Year’ Youth Panel.
National Museums are holding an Awareness Day for young people, aged between 14 and 25 years, to provide information about the London 2012 project, ‘Rhythms of the Year’ and how to become a member of the Youth Panel. This Awareness Day will take place at the Ulster Museum on Saturday 6th March.
Curator of Social Life at National Museums Linda Ballard explained, “Through the Youth Panel young people from all cultures, religions and ethnicities across Northern Ireland have the unique opportunity to drive the development of the ‘Rhythms of the Year’ project. The Youth Panel will work with members of museum staff on a major exhibition to be held at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, to coincide with the run up to and opening of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Linda added, “As a member of the Panel you can go ‘behind the scenes at the museum’ to learn the proper ways to handle museum objects and you’ll also help develop new ways to interpret, explore and document them. The Panel will work together to plan an exhibition reflecting the various seasonal celebrations which take place in Northern Ireland throughout the year.”
In addition to organising the exhibition, the Youth Panel has the opportunity to develop ideas for events and activities that will help National Museums share the Rhythms of the Year project with people from across the province.
The Youth Panel will develop their ideas at monthly workshops which will be held at National Museum sites including the Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Ulster American Folk Park and Armagh County Museum.
Each Youth Panel member will receive free family passes to the Ulster American Folk Park and Ulster Folk & Transport Museum for their participation.
If you think you have what it takes to create a stunning exhibition as part of the Rhythms of the Year project and want further information come along to our Awareness Day at the Ulster Museum on Saturday 6th March from 11am to 3.30pm (lunch will be provided).
Places for the Awareness Day are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Rosemary Stewart at Rosemary.Stewart@nmni.com or telephone 028 9044 0100 to book your place.
For more information on the Rhythms of the Year project visit www.nmni.com/roty
Media Contact: Chloe Elliott, JPR, email@example.com, 028 9076 0066, 07545 206 590
Notes to Editor:
London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which began in 2008, is a major engagement programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will enable people around the UK to experience London 2012 in their town or street and to increase participation and capacity in cultural activity. Projects in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad will use the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially amongst young people.
Rhythms of the Year Youth Panel
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- Panel members must be aged between 14 to 25 years old
- The Youth Panel will begin in April 2010
- Members will receive acknowledgement and recognition of their work in the major exhibition.