On Oct 25th I attended a conference that was essentially a wrap up of the fabulous work done by teens within the Stories of the World project. Stories of the World was an initiative related to London 2012 Cultural Olympiad ‘Inspire a Generation’ which worked with young people in partnership with curators to ‘uncover objects that tell stories that resonate with their interests.’ Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Cultural Olympiad, London 2012, museums, Teens in Museums
August 24th, 2012Culture
During my stay in London as a London Ambassador for the Olympics I managed to visit a few museums. Natural History Museum and the V&A were open late as part of the Cultural Olympiad Exhibition Road Show. After one of my shifts, I headed over to soak up the atmosphere of being in the Natural History Museum at night. As it was the first night of the Road Show, things were a little quiet. However, that was great for me as I essentially had *my* Natural History Museum to myself.
I left Natural History Museum and went to Exhibition Road Show. There was an exciting carnival feel with people playing free games of chess, lots of singing and dancing and food. I ran into a fellow London Ambassador as I was on my way to the V&A. He explained the V&A was closed for a VIP but would be open late tomorrow night. While I left mumbling about VIPs, I decided to see about coming back.
And I’m so glad I did.Tags: Cultural Olympiad, Heatherwick, London, V&A
Guest Blog: Belinda Li (@MuseumBee): Taking part in Cultural Olympiad with @StoriesofWorld & @UKArtsParl #teensinmuseums1August 7th, 2012Culture
I recently attended the Stories of the World in Arts in Parliament event which showcased the culminative work that has been worked on by young curators over the past few years as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
To say I was impressed in a huge understatement. The young curators showed their work with such pride – I was extremely privileged to have been invited to witness to this event.
One young curator I saw there was Belinda Li, whom I happen to meet while I was at MuseumNext this year. I asked her to write a guest blog to share the experience of what it was like to take part in Cultural Olympiad.Tags: Arts in Parliament, Cultural Olympiad, Guest Blog, Teens in Museums
July 18th, 2012Culture
As part of the London 2012 Festival, Charlotte and I were honoured to be at the launch of CORE when it was officially opened by artist Kurt Hentschläger, Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the London 2012 Festival and Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England.
Having been to the opening of CORE at Enginuity back in April, I don’t think I understood it’s true significance within the scope of the Cultural Olympiad. However, the launch with Kurt, Ruth and Alan really brought the message home.
Tags: Cultural Olympiad, Iron, London 2012
This is huge for the UK and indeed Shropshire. Read the rest of this entry »
July 18th, 2012Culture
Encompass 360 Digital Dance is an exciting new installation that is surprising refreshing but incredibly hard to describe.
Imagine dance, interactive experience and the latest technology gathered together in a dome-like architecture that promotes dance and theatre.
That is Encompass.
Encompass is part of Dancing for the Games, inspired by London 2012 part of the Cultural Olympiad. The idea is to connect people internationally with the common thread of dance. The organisers have worked with kids from Shropshire (it is located in the fabulous Much Wenlock) to all over the world via the internet to choreograph a unique program that integrates film, archival material sent to them and live performances in a ‘huge 21 metre 360-degree digital dome.’Tags: Cultural Olympiad, London 2012, Shropshire
July 6th, 2012Culture
I recently had the honor of attending Our Londinium 2012, The Roman London gallery at Museum of London. Londinium is a project that was born in 2010 via national Stories of the World programme, the museum sector strand of the Cultural Olympiad. While the project was spring-boarded by Cultural Olympiad, it seems to me the project is not going to go away anytime soon.
The Junction (Museum of London’s Youth Panel) has created an exhibition that if I wasn’t told otherwise, I would have struggled to see the lines of curator versa Youth panel. The displays were set in a traditional way. At a glance you didn’t really see any significant indication of the Junction’s involvement. My first indication was the green labels next to the white labels. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Cultural Olympiad, Londinium, London, Museum of London