Rebecca Horton, International Training Programme Assistant
Last Monday marked the start of the first ITP+ Course, themed of the subject of Temporary Exhibitions and Permanent Display.
10 Fellows attended a week of lectures, workshops and exhibition visits from a variety of countries and across many ITP years: Anjan Dey (India, 2010), Asad Hayee (Pakistan, 2012), Bo Haikun (China, 2008), Dikko Idris (Nigeria, 2011), Ikhlas Latief (Sudan, 2006), Lydia Nafula (Kenya, 2008), Mahesh Kalra (India, 2013), Seyda Cetin (Turkey, 2014), Sharareh Farokhnia (Iran, 2015) and Yu Miao (China, 2014).
Before arrival in London Fellows were asked to fill in a project scope document, detailing an exhibition or display project they would like to work on or are working on in their institutions. The course ran from Monday 15th – Friday 19th May and the week began with presentations from Fellows about their institutions, proposed projects and challenges to overcome.
Lectures and workshops were presented by staff currently working on new exhibitions (The American Dream: Pop to the Present, Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories and the Rodin exhibition) or developing permanent galleries (Joseph E Hotung Gallery of Oriental Antiquities and Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World ). The speakers reflected the variety of work that goes into exhibition and display projects including curators, fundraisers, visitor insights, education and many more.
Fellows were given the opportunity to catch up with colleagues they worked with on the Summer Programme and to meet new Fellows and members of BM staff. Fellows attended the opening of the newly refurbished National Army Museum and the week was finished off with an evaluation session, project updates from the ITP team and a farewell meal.
The first ITP+ was such an enjoyable and productive week for the ITP team and Fellows. Participants will be filling in an evaluation and completing a report about their experience which we look forward to receiving and sharing on our blog.
Thank you to colleagues who made the programme possible and to the Fellows for their continued enthusiasm and engagement!!