Sunday, 24 March 2019

Cash boost for museum’s new young curators project

Cash boost for museum’s new young curators project

AN arts project for children and young people has received a £1,250 boost from the Henley Municipal Charities.

The grant to the River & Rowing Museum will fund half the cost of its Young Curators project, which it is running alongside its current exhibition on William Morris.

About 150 students from Gillotts School in Henley and The Henley College as well as Bishopswood Special School in Sonning Common will take part in the project before the end of the exhibition on July 14.

Each school will choose the pupils who are most likely to benefit and they will create artworks in a variety of media before displaying them in the museum’s community gallery.

These will be inspired by the theme of the exhibition, which is called An Earthly Paradise and looks at the ways in which the River Thames inspired Morris’s career as an artist, writer and naturalist.

The pupils will also study the exhibition and learn about Morris’ life and works.

Museum director Sarah Posey said: “We’ve always wanted to use our community gallery to enhance our exhibits and get people involved. We’re very excited to see what our young people’s response to the exhibition will be and pleased that they will learn new skills.”

Charlotte Miles-Kingston, the Municipal Charities’ educational chairwoman, said: “Our aim is to promote education and training for young people in the area and we felt this project was an invaluable and unique opportunity that offered a lot of benefits.”

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