Just back at the museum for the first time since The Go Between conference in Cardiff and was fantastic to get stuck straight back in with two busy art sessions following the summer break and then doing lots of talking about it at the conference. This morning started with AS students exploring the herbarium and then this afternoon I took another group to Entomology and then handled and drew some insects with them up in the lab – another hectic schedule behind the scenes at the museum then! So it was great to be doing all the fantastic things that we’d been telling people about back in Cardiff.
It felt that Manchester was certainly on to a good thing at the conference which was centered around the idea that the artist can act as ‘go between’ for museums and audiences – although it soon became clear that the artist can take on many other roles and responsibilities in museums and that artists are not the only creative people in museums. Plenty more questions were asked with varying degrees of seriousness, such as: who is ultimately responsible for the knowledge in museums? who makes that knowledge? could artists replace curators ?(!) how creative can museums be? what does the visitor/audience/participant think of all this? how might this mean communities can get more involved in museums?
Peter Jenkinson, the man responsible for Creative Partnerships and New Art Gallery Walsall also reminded us that ‘in between is a good place to be’.