Young People are taking over the museum!
Throughout August, young people are invited to come and take over our museum and galleries through a series of free workshops and events. The programme has been designed for 14-25 year olds, with some activities for specific age groups.
See our temporary exhibition gallery transform into a hub of activity, with creative workshops and an ever-evolving exhibition of work by young people taking place.
Monday 8 August, 1pm – 3pm
Our 25 Below launch kicks off with a Natural History store tour at 1pm. Between 2pm-3pm you can drop into the 25 Below gallery (next to the cafe) to find out more about the workshops on offer, and talk to the organisers about how you’d like to get involved with our exhibition.
Have an idea? Want to contribute to the exhibition? (Age 16+)
We’re looking for young people to come and help run and contribute to the exhibition. Here’s some ideas of what you could do:
- Design and display work in the exhibition space
- Welcome visitors and tell them about 25 Below
- Update our social media channels and blogs
- Photograph and film what’s going on
- Curate your own museum tour
- Take part in pop-up activities – and organise and deliver your own
- Gain a volunteering hours certificate
If you’re interested please email us: [email protected]
Workshops and Tours
All workshops are free. Some workshops have limited spaces so you will need to book free tickets to attend.
Museum Gifs, Memes and Animations
Tuesday 9 August – Wednesday 10 August, 11am – 4pm
Delivered by Rife Magazine
Working with the masters of social media Rife magazine – Bristol’s youth-led online platform, get the skills to make funny memes and sharable giffs. Using free software learn how to customise images and film to create laugh out loud or memorable content inspired by the exhibition at the museum. Rife magazine is a partnership between Watershed and Bristol Youth Links funded by Bristol City Council.
Paper Folding Sculpture
Thursday 11 August, 11am-4pm
Delivered by Anum Rizvi, a young artist from Creative Youth Network | Drop in
Come and take part in recreating a creature from our collection as an oversized 3D paper sculpture. Add a message/design of your choice that will be embedded in a giant sculpture that will have pride of place in our exhibition space.
‘Into The Fold’ – Paper Engineering and Origami
Monday 15 August, 11am – 3pm
Delivered by Young Bristol | Drop in
Young Bristol invites you spend time looking at the structure and shape of some of the inspiring objects in our collections, then contribute to a new display by re-using, re-making and re-purposing a variety of papers into beautiful art pieces.
Tuesday 16 August
Group one: 11am- 1pm | Group two: 2pm – 4pm
Delivered by Young Bristol
Young Bristol will be supporting you to create a ‘zine in a day using the museum as your focus. Explore the different objects on display through a number of different creative processes, including photography, collage, typography and illustration.
An Introduction to Spoken Word
Wednesday 17 August, 1pm – 4pm
Led by Solomon OB
Join UK Slam Champion, Solomon OB to develop your own spoken word performance piece. There is an option to perform at our Wrap Party too!
Write Here, Write Now
Thursday 18 August
Session one: 10am – 1pm (for 14-17 years)
Session two: 2pm – 5pm (for 18-25 years)
Led by award winning author for young people, Rachel Carter
Everyone has a story to tell, you just need to find it. In this workshop you will use the museum and its objects as inspiration for your creative writing. Choose an object and weave a story around it, or put pen to paper about how a painting really makes you feel. There’s no right or wrong… just write. Suitable for those with or without creative writing experience.
Get that Job! Careers Surgery and drop in to meet museum staff
Friday 19 August, 12pm – 3pm
Delivered by Babbasa | Careers Surgery Information and Timetable
Discover your personality type – are you an introvert or extrovert? Identify your job skills and unique selling points – are you analytical, creative or a leader? You can also get some top tips with your CV, so don’t miss out on this opportunity which can help you Get that Job! Also, meet and chat to museum staff to find out how they got their job and what it’s like to work here.
Tuesday 23 August – Wednesday 24 August, 10.30am – 4pm
Led by Knowle West Media Centre | Register Now
Come and discover the extraordinary architecture and what’s inside the museum and galleries, then recreate your own museum spaces using Minecraft for public display in our exhibition.
Soundscape the Past
Thursday 25 – Friday 26 August, 10am – 4pm
Led by Bristol Plays Music
Explore, find your favourite objects and eras, and create original soundscapes to enrich Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for the public. Working with Bristol Plays Music’s friendly and inclusive tutors, you can learn how to design sound using professional software (no experience necessary). Pick an object or room that interests you, learn about it, and find your own way of communicating what it means to you. Will you make prehistoric dubstep, an audio guide to ancient Egypt, or recreate the sounds of a wildlife habitat?
‘Making it in the Creative Industries – How I got to where I am today’
Tuesday 30 August 2pm – 4.30pm
Led by Rising Art Agency | Register Now
Meet young associate artists from Rising Art Agency, who will share their journeys from school and university into the world of work in Bristol’s creative sector. Through a series of short presentations they will shed light on the challenges they’ve experienced, successes they’ve achieved, the learning along the way and the networks they’ve managed to tap into to get work or set up their own creative businesses. The session will be filled with examples of their work and there will be signposting of opportunities, including mentoring.
Street Dance Workshop – Cancelled
Wednesday 31 August, 1pm – 5pm
Led by Hype Dance
The perfect place to ‘walk like an Egyptian’ or ‘do the dinosaur’… discover and be inspired by the museum in an entirely different way. Get the dinosaurs shaking their bones and the fossils rattling in their cases in this fun street dance workshop. Prepare a performance for the evening exhibition and wrap party.
Evening Exhibition and Wrap Party
Wednesday 31 August, 6pm – 8pm
A chance to see all of the work created in the 25 Below exhibition, meet the artists and celebrate the end of the programme. Plus guest DJs and surprise performances. Meet, see, celebrate! Find out more.
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