Galleries of Justice gives access to new audiences

September 19, 2014

The Galleries of Justice Museum gives access to new audiences with support from Arts Council England.

An exciting new project ‘Get up, Stand up’ supported by £109,000 from Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund will enable education work with multi-cultural groups from the East Midlands.

This funded project will allow diverse groups of young people from Nottingham to create and participate in aural and visual interpretation of The Galleries of Justice Museum exploring the theme of ‘International Civil Rights’.

This project aims to make heritage spaces and collections of the museum more relevant to local community groups, but within a global context.

The need for the project came about as traditionally, the themes of the museum reflect a white local history. The museum wants to broaden its scope becoming more relevant and accessible to a wider range of groups. The funding will allow the museum to create a creative and emotionally engaging new tour guide to the building exploring civil rights from around the world.

The museum will be working with New Art Exchange (artistic direction), based in Hyson Green, in creating the guide. It will be produced by New Art Exchange’s YARD Young People’s Theatre Company and will use stories, images, speeches and other material emerging and inspired by Civil Right movements across the world. The project is also engaging local Primary and Secondary schools to help create content for the tour guide.

Chief Executive Officer of the Museum, Tim Desmond, said: ‘We are delighted that The Arts Council are funding this pioneering project. This is all about working with new audiences and supporting young people to engage with the Museum in a creative and innovative way using modern technology. Moving forwards it is vital that the museum is attractive to the whole community and I am sure that this work will lead to a wider cultural range of future exhibitions.’

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: ‘Through the Renaissance Strategic support fund the Arts Council aims to invest in projects which make the most of our country’s rich cultural offer to engage new audiences. ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ is an exciting and timely project, which will see the Galleries of Justice make its collections more relevant to young and culturally diverse audiences. The new tour guide will be a collective reflection of how young people involved with the project have interpreted the museum’s local history collections through the lens of international civil rights. I think it’s a great opportunity for them to have an impact on how the museum’s collections are viewed by visitors.’

Find out more

Find out more about other Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic Support Funded projects on the Arts Council England website.

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