June 19 2013 Latest news:
After 18 months of hard work Atelier East’s Young Curators Forum finally launched their exhibition at Wisbech and Fenland Museum last Friday. Wisbech: A Century of Memories, was officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Mr Hugh Duberley
PHOTOS:n Mark Shihadeh
Thursday, March 14, 2013
AFTER 18 months of hard work Atelier East’s Young Curators Forum finally launched its exhibition at Wisbech and Fenland Museum.
Wisbech: A Century of Memories, was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Hugh Duberley, who gave a speech about how positive the project was for Fenland and the young people involved.
Speeches were also given by Brandon Mattless, who acted as lead curator for the Young Curators, and Karen Harvey of Atelier East who initiated the project and received funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to manage its delivery.
More than 70 guests joined the Young Curators to celebrate and congratulate the group on their achievements.
Guests heard how the Young Curators had not only designed and developed the exhibition at Wisbech Museum, but had also created a travelling exhibition which will begin touring Fenland next month.
The group has also written a booklet called Easy Exhibitions and Handy Heritage, which is available for free at the exhibition.
Karen said: “I am really proud of all the young people for their hard work and dedication to creating this wonderful exhibition - it looks amazing.
“I hope that lots of people will take the time to pop in and have a look and maybe feel inspired to find out more about the wonderful heritage that belongs to Fenland.”
At the opening event Charlotte Shears, Abbie Loosemore and Brandon Mattless were presented with Silver Arts Awards. Brandon was given a trophy by his peers to say thank you for being an ‘exhibition superstar’.
Brandon said: “I thought the evening went great and it was good to see so many people there. Winning my award was amazing and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support with my achievements.”
More than 50 young people have been involved with the project over the 18 months it has been running.
The Young Curators Forum is made up of six full-time key members - Abbie Loosemore, Charlotte Shears, Monica Basuc, Brandon Mattless, Ben Ayling and Jade Ayling.
• The exhibition is free to view and runs until April 20. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-4pm.