10 May. 2011

Want to become a young curator? Young Model are looking for new recruits.

Young Model youth programme are looking for new recruits for it’s new programme Young Curators.

Do you want the chance to have your say about what goes on display at The Model? Do you want to learn about how exhibitions are put together?

The Model’s Young Model (14-20 years age) group is embarking on a cross-border project with a group of young people from Ballymena Co. Antrim. The two groups will come together to curate, examine and explore themes in both The Niland Collection andThe Braid Museum’s unique Social History collection in Antrim, and ultimately will stage an exhibition in both The Model’s and The Braid’s galleries, full of the works that they have chosen.

Starting this summer and running until Spring 2012 both groups have a great opportunity to decide what goes on display at The Model’s Niland Gallery. The Young Curators’ exhibition will be on display in Sligo from February – April 2012, and later in the Braid in Antrim.

So what does a Curator do? We asked artist and Young Model facilitator Andy Parsons to explain:

“A curator for art is a bit like a DJ is for music. A DJ selects tunes to create a set, which is an event for a group of people to participate in. Some people will like some of the tunes better than others, there might be some floor fillers and some floor emptiers. There might be old mixed with new. There might be classics alongside cheesy tunes. If the DJ does a good job, he or she has created something new from something that already existed.

The Young Curators from the Braid and The Model will create an exhibition by choosing objects from two collections, one which is based on Fine Art and one based on Social History. Their choice of objects and the design of the exhibition will form new thoughts about these objects and their relationship to the world. The exhibition will create a host of new connections, which will range from the purely visual to thoughts about history, culture and society.”

At the end of the process the Young Curators will have experience in working with collections and understanding the role of a Curator. They’ll develop their critical thinking and visual literacy, and will learn about both groups shared histories and political geographies.

Supported by The International Fund for Ireland, this is a rare opportunity for young people to get in real contact with art collections, and to learn about the collections and each other’s cultural backgrounds while also exchanging perspectives on living in the North and in the South.

If you or anyone you know is between 14 – 20yrs, interested in art, film and technology get in touch with Linda Hayden at The Model on 071 914 1405 or via email to lindahayden@themodel.ie
This programme is FREE.

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Linda Hayden

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