With it being the Easter holidays here in central Manchester we are very pleased to host the annual Photography display of images by Clarendon Sixth Form students. These Year 12 students are studying for their BTEC Extended Diploma in Photography and the project with Manchester Museum contributes to their units in ‘Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design’ and ‘Studio Photography’.
Typically these displays have been linked with the Museum’s entire collection and have been shown in black and white (see previous posts), but this year we focused the students on a particular theme: Manchester’s connection to South Asia.
With the Museum’s upcoming Courtyard Project to build a permanent South Asia gallery (along with a new space for special exhibitions) we encouraged the students to explore the Museum’s current South Asia collection with Living Cultures Curator Stephen Welsh. They then used this as inspiration to research Manchester’s own links with South Asia – be that through food, tradition, people or religion. Each student then presented one image to us to demonstrate those connections which appears in the final exhibition.
Clarendon Sixth Form students’ work can be seen in The Study on the 3rd floor of Manchester Museum until the summer.
Manchester Museum Volunteer Opportunity
At Manchester Museum, we are creating an exciting new space ‘The Study’ which aims to inspire researchers of all ages, from curious teenagers to amateur enthusiasts. We are looking for University student volunteers to collaborate with staff on the development of a new volunteer role to support this space, help shape our student launch event in September and advise us as we finalise our plans for the gallery and recruit a core team of student volunteers who will inspire visitors in this unique learning environment.
Overview of role:
- Advise staff on subject matter, content and marketing/branding for ‘The Study’
- Collaborate with Museum staff on the development of new volunteer role
- Help shape and plan our student launch event in September
- Draw on knowledge, interests and skills to offer staff an insight into student life which will
inform the way we engage with students
- Assist with the promotion of opportunities and events to fellow students
Opportunities as a volunteer:
- Be involved in a unique opportunity to play a critical role in shaping a permanent Museum
- Collaborate with staff from across the Museum’s departments
- Gain insight into learning, exhibitions and programming in museums
- Meet new people and develop a range of skills including communication and team work
- To become part of the highly valued Museum Volunteer team with opportunities to attend
further training and development, and to attend social events and private views
What we would like you to bring to ‘The Study’:
- A passion for learning and desire to share knowledge with others
- Independent and quirky approach to work
- New perspective and fresh ideas
- Strong links to the student community
- Students from all Universities and subjects areas are welcome
- 6 months commitment
Volunteer Coordinator & Student Engagement Coordinator
We would like volunteers to commit to 2 hours every fortnight over the summer period, with the opportunity for a regular volunteer session in ‘The Study’ from September onwards
Please contact Kate Glynn by 7.6.15 to register your interest