Artistic engagement with the Museum
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Since 2007, the British Museum and the Mary Ward Centre have been collaborating to support local people to access adult learning opportunities and the Museum’s collections.
Participants join creative arts sessions at the British Museum and in community venues that are focused upon exhibitions, developing a range of practical skills from single disciplines such as printmaking or silk painting to mixed media arts where a number of different creative techniques are employed. The results are regularly displayed at the Museum and local community events where participants introduce the public to their work.
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Community members taking part in a creative session.
Community art works
This project involved more than 50 women who learnt techniques around weaving, collage, embellishment, print making, patchwork and overall colour. The different groups worked together using mixed media techniques to create a traditional Bangladeshi fishing boat.
Bangla Ghor, 2008
A Bangladeshi House
The participants involved in constructing this Bangla Ghor experienced the whole design process starting with brainstorming ideas, sharing memories and stories, visits to the Museum for inspiration, developing designs and making the final panels.
Sonar Bangla, 2004
The Golden Bengal
Community groups across Camden worked on this project. The aim was to take the participants on a journey through Golden Bangladesh exploring the themes of transport, agriculture, factories, landscape, rivers, sea, life, food and the people of Bangladesh.
Nakshi Pati, 2010
Traditional Bangladeshi mat
Mats have been in use since ancient times and were used abundantly before the introduction of modern furniture in Bengali homes. This project involved creating a decorative mat as a beautiful piece of art work incorporating imagery and materials associated with Bangladesh.
Inspired by Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam, this project aimed to capture the magic of the Mahmal. The participants used some of the historical techniques employed in some of the original Mahmal, whilst incorporating elements of the contemporary design and technique.