In one week from today you’ll get the chance to contribute to a major artwork that will be displayed in our upcoming Mind the Map exhibition, 18th May to 28th October.
The artist Agnès Poitevin-Navarre is working with us to create a new map of London based on Londoners’ responses to a mystery question that will only be revealed next Wednesday 8th February in the Metro newspaper and on the Museum’s website. We’ll be collecting responses from Wednesday 8th February until Friday 10th February so watch this space! If you’d like to be one of the first to receive the questionnaire then register your interest by contacting email@example.com.
Next in our exciting line-up of mapping projects is a commission with artist/cartographer Jeremy Wood. Jeremy uses GPS drawing to digitally trace his daily movements and journeys, creating beautifully expressive works of art.
The Museum already has one of Jeremy’s works in its collection – My Ghost – in which his journeys throughout London from 2008-2009 are tracked to reveal a personal cartography. The Museum’s commission will result in a new GPS map of London, to be displayed for the first time in our Mind the Map exhibition.
When I met with Jeremy earlier this year he was busy cycling the length of the Thames, mapping his route along the way in order to create the foundations for his new artwork.
We won’t be revealing the final artwork until next year’sexhibition, however look out for further posts as the work progresses.
We now have our first completed Mind the Map artwork! London Transport Museum is commissioning a series of new artworks for the exhibition, including the Lost & Found project where by an artwork is created from lost or found transport maps and explores the theme of ‘journeys’.
Paper artist Claire Brewster visited London Transport Museum to search through our large collection of discarded maps, including some sourced from TfL’s lost property office, from which to create her artwork. Claire selected a series of maps from 1987, the year that she moved to London and significant to her own personal journey. You can find out more about Claire’s work at her website: http://www.clairebrewster.co.uk
I recently visited Claire at her studio to interview her about the commission. You’ll have to wait for next year’s exhibition to see the final artwork but for now you can get a behind the scenes look at its making, including details from Claire on her approach and influences: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyjwZV_jN2k
Being a Young Consultant at London Transport Museum is a great way to gain new skills in a working environment. Since April 2011 I’ve been a part of the Young Consultants at LTM, and already I feel like I’ve gained a wide range of skills.
One of the projects I did as a Young Consultant was at Coram’s Fields Youth Centre, where I was able to speak to other young people about work experience. This was to help them understand that there are different ways to gain as well as improve their skills. It was a great way to share a personal testimony on the skills I’ve gained, and how I became a Young Consultant at LTM.
As I am about to leave LTM and move on to study at Coventry University, I want to take this opportunity to let other young people know that the journey they take will not be easy but when they look back at what they have achieved, they can be proud of themselves. If there is an opportunity grab it, because you’ll never know when the next one will come.
Nearly two years after first starting the Young Consultant project we have witnessed so many changes in the museum and with ourselves. Being a Young Consultant has been more than just a job, it has also been a sea of wider opportunities, learning experiences and the beginning of many friendships.
Never has the phrase ‘the world is your oyster’ been more applicable than at London Transport Museum. I believe this because of three main things I have learnt during this experience.
Firstly, I have a greater understanding of what my strongest skills are. By working on a variety of projects, such as giving presentations, facilitating focus groups and interviewing artists, I have had to rely on my communication skills and in particular public speaking. This skill will greatly support my future career aim of becoming a barrister, which I have also been supported in pursuing by the staff here at LTM. The same can be said for the other YCs. We all have many different aspirations, and by having CPD and project evaluation meetings with the vivacious Vicki Pipe and spectacular Steve Gardam we have been supported and encouraged to achieve our goals.
Secondly, this project has allowed me to see first hand the positive contributions that young people can make to society. Although young people often receive negative press, especially in light of the recent UK riots and looting, we feel that it is necessary to emphasise that there are many young people making positive contributions to their communities. For example, the Young Volunteers at LTM who deliver family activities for visitors or even the large number of young people involved in national Stories of the World projects. I feel privileged to be a part of this group of young people and I look forward to a continuous legacy of youth participation.
During the induction week young volunteers were given the opportunity to become familiar with the Museum. Over a period of four days the young people took part in a variety of different activities and met with different members of staff to help build up their knowledge of the Museum and better understand how it operates.
In particular they spent time developing their own map of the Museum, choosing significant objects from the collection to help navigate their way around each gallery. They had an opportunity to speak with Nadia Adira (Visitor Services Manager) and find out how the Museum runs from an operations perspective; as well as spend a day with Community Curator Michelle Brown, who delivered a creative activity that helped the young volunteers explore their own personal connections to the Museum’s collections.
Since November 2009 we have been working with an amazing group of young people, known to the Museum as the Young Consultants.
Over the last 18 months these five young people have helped to shape our policies and ways of working with young people across the Museum. They have been involved collectively and individually in innumerable projects, from developing tools for reinterpretation to interviewing freelance educators for our community art project Bus Shelters. They have represented the Museum at a regional and national level and are, in their own words, “the bridge between this museum and the young people of today … and tomorrow”.
Since May of this year the Young Consultants have been working on a strategy to take their involvement in the Museum to the next level. I have had the enormous pleasure of working alongside them, and together we have now outlined a series of aims and objectives that support both the skills development of the Young Consultants themselves, as well as working towards embedding more opportunities for other young people throughout the Museum.
Over the coming months the Young Consultants will be working on multiple projects which aim to;
Increase their ‘professional experience’ through networking events, running meetings and speaking at conferences.
Work with other museums and young people around London.
Work across the Museum’s departments, emphasising the indispensable role young people can play through their skills and creativity.
Become involved in core development projects for exhibitions such as Journeys in 2012 and LU150 in 2013.