The process of making an exhibition

2nd year BA Spatial Design students worked with the 2nd year BA Design Culture Management students to curate, design and build an exhibition showcasing a collection of artefacts from the Cuming Museum. The project was initiated and managed by Dr Nicky Ryan at London College of Communication. The BA Spatial design joined the BA Deign Culture Management in March 2015 although discussions with the Cuming Museum started in January when we wrote a post called After the Fire: Re-imagining the Cuming Museum. The exhibition successfully launched in May 2015 in one of the galleries at LCC and was opened to the public for a week.

Zahra Toolabi, 2nd year student on the BA Spatial Design made a fantastic film that shows the process of making and constructing of the exhibition. The film highlights how well the students worked together as well as the fantastic technical facilities available at LCC. The film shows students working in the 3D workshop, laser cutting area and print studios, and is a great example of how useful these facilities are for spatial design students.

After the Fire: Re-imagining the Cuming Museum

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After the Fire: Re-imagining the Cuming Museum is a live project to be co-designed by LCC and Cuming Museum staff and year 2 students from BA (Hons) Design Cultures and BA (Hons) Spatial Design. The aim is to support our industry partner the Cuming Museum, following a fire which seriously damaged its buildings and resulted in the closure of the museum to the public for the foreseeable future. Reduced government spending, radical regeneration plans and complex local politics have contributed to uncertainty regarding the museum’s prospects, the future of its collections and its role within the local area.

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Working together in the creation of a project brief that aims to offer tangible benefits and support to the Cuming Museum, staff and students will design and curate an exhibition and related events in order to stimulate public debate about the future of the institution. By working with a range of museum staff, stakeholders and community groups students will develop useful transferable skills for employment and lifelong learning. The experience of collaboration, knowledge sharing and dissemination will help students to understand the challenges and benefits of real-world socially engaged projects.

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London Southbank study trip

For this activity, students were asked to carry out a study of the Southbank as a curated cultural environment with the more recent elements superimposed on the original architecture by mapping its characteristics onto drawings. The purpose of the visit was therefore to consider the original site as a gallery space and investigate how the new additions were curated for it.

It was a highly enjoyable trip with plenty to discover and experience and despite the overnight storm, the day was mostly sunny, which enabled us to spend time outside before going in the Royal Festival Hall. Incidentally, this is also where our graduation ceremony takes place each year.