Museum of Now

Museum of Now

This year, Torquay Museum has been part of an exciting new intergenerational project, led by Encounters Arts, investigating the way we live now, and celebrating the past, present and future. 

Local residents have been creating new objects and artefacts that have meaning for them or their communities - inspired by local and global issues and made in response to key objects in Torquay Museum's collections. The project participants have used local materials - natural, recycled and found objects - to create a collection of artefacts displayed in an exhibition on show throughout Torquay Museum's galleries, shown alongside the objects that inspired them.

The objects made range from Animal 'Talismans' cast in bronze using an ancient 'Lost Wax' method, beautiful hand-made lace in the form of plankton, a new 'Ark' for Torbay, a ‘protect and protest staff’, a feathered headdress, protection shells and a garland of beads, among others.

Museum of Now is being led by Encounters Associate Shelley Castle with Toni Spencer, and Anne-Marie Culhane. It is being run in Partnership with Torquay Museums and is funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

Lead artist Shelley Castle knows the value that making objects can have:  "Torquay Museum cares for a wealth of significant objects from around the world. Through this project, we have had the opportunity to introduce new objects to the museum that hold significant messages from the residents of Torquay about living in the world today.  At the same time, people have been able to explore their creative voices too”.

“It's re-teaching skills that should never have been lost … Learning is a constant process no matter how old you are - these are the skills that kids should learn.”. Lewis Chamberlain-Drury, participant.

“The project has shown me to try things before thinking I can't do something. And I’ve been able to talk about what I want and what I believe in.” Josie, participant.  

The Museum of Now exhibition will be on display throughout the museum until 31st December 2015.

Find out more details about the project on the Encounters website

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