This module will reveal new possibilities to museums and universities to involve the public (children, families, migrants, elderly, and disabled) in their work and to make these options more visible and understandable to the public. New ways of using multimedia products will be developed. In the partner museums various concepts will be tested and evaluated to create a kind of toolbox out of the connection from the best ideas, which will be made available to everyone, and which allow the implementation of individual building blocks.
1st October 2015 – 30th November 2018
Education & audience development program
The aim of the education programme is to research, test and promote innovative
methods of engaging diverse audiences with ceramic collections and working with
clay as a medium. This has been done through:
- The development of a toolkit for education, gallery and museum practitioners called ‚Cooking with Clay‘.
- The development of a ceramic handling session for audiences who are blind or partially sighted.
- An engagement programme of events and workshops running alongside the touring exhibition ‚ European Cultural Lifestyle in Ceramics from Baroque until Today,
- Further research into clay’s ability to help people feel connected to or part of their place. A live-action based research project called The Clay Pit has initiated this work.
Cooking with Clay toolkit
This toolkit is a cookery book that gives ingredients and methods to creatively engage diverse audiences with clay and ceramics collections. Together, the recipes inside form an easy to use, adaptable engagement toolkit for those wanting to use clay and ceramics in a social and an educational context.
Tactile box: Ceramic handling session for people who are blind or partially sighted
A resource for introducing ceramics collections for those with visual impairments has been developed by the module 7 partners. This part of the project was led by partners at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in consultation with a focus group from Action for the Blind, Stoke-on-Trent. This resource will give museum, heritage and art establishments the confidence to deliver sessions that allow people with limited sight to touch and explore ceramics. It gives instruction on how to put together a Tactile Box with aids and prompts on how to use it with a group.
Recipe Sheet – Touching Ceramics
The Education Module Partners have been greatly involved in the education programme that ran along-side the touring exhibition, European Cultural Lifestyle in Ceramics- from Baroque until today. This included workshops, events and resources that engaged many diverse audiences, including schools and family groups.
The British Ceramics Biennial and Aalto University will run The Clay Pit as an action research project; looking at how clay can help individual self-exploration, the transformational nature of clay, and it’s relationship to a city in a period of change.
The Clay Pit has been set up as a place to play and learn; volumes of clay in its various stages of transition from liquid slip to its hard and fired state, are available for people to use. There are over-sized giant clay tools and different spaces, surfaces and places where The Clay Pit visitors can explore with the materials.
The project poses the question – How will people play with the materials and what will they make? All results of this research will be shared internationally during 2018.