One of the most rewarding and exciting things about the proejcts we run here at The Manchester Museum is seeing the work blossom, develop and finally reveal itself. As part of our engage funded project Alchemy Enquire, students from Levenshulme High School for Girls presented their work, Re:Curate, on March 7th as part of the Sciencetastic Big Saturday.
The students had worked alongside artist Dena Bagi and their class teachers disucssing the issues around the display of human remains. They had developed their own artist responses to the debate and invited the audience to get involved. One of the pieces was called ‘After Party’, and invites were handed out in champagne glasses to celebrate the lives of the mummies asking the public to join a short silence and contemplation period.
Other work included highlighting the path to the mummies in the Egypt galleries, carrying out a mock TV interview for the public, displaying their wonderful portfoilios of work, displaying a film called ‘Peace’ and adorning the case that Asru is displayed in. The public reponse was really positive and you can read more on the blog of Kate Day, our Alchemy Enquire Coordinator.