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Youth Forum

Members of the Youth Forum meet Sandy Nairne, Director, NPG © Chris Saunders

Museums Sheffield Youth Forum is a group of young people aged between 14-19 who work in partnership with Museums Sheffield staff, offering an additional creative voice to the development and display of the city’s collections and exhibitions.

Over the past few years, the Youth Forum has produced a diverse range of creative responses to work in both our permanent collection and major touring exhibitions from our partners, including Tate and the National Portrait Gallery. Working with professional artists, the group have produced engaging, imaginative explorations of significant artworks at both the Graves Gallery and Millennium Gallery.

Throughout 2011/12 the Youth Forum are involved in the development of Precious Cargo, part of London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad initiative. For Museums Sheffield, this is a major project exploring the city’s World Cultures collection resulting in complete redisplay of the Treasures Gallery at Weston Park.

In conjunction with Museums Sheffield staff and community partners, the Youth Forum are exploring the themes and ideas in World Cultures collection, selecting objects and working with designers and curatorial staff to completely redevelop the gallery. By the end of this project, participants will have gained a considerable knowledge of museums practice and developed a wide range of new skills.

Museums Sheffield Youth Forum meets between 4.30–7pm on Monday evenings in the Graves Gallery Activity Room – it’s completely free and new members are always welcome. In addition to the weekly sessions, the group are also involved in a number of visits to other museums and galleries, as well as a host of behind the scenes opportunities If you’re interested in getting involved or you’d like more information about Museums Sheffield Youth Forum, contact Graham Moore 0114 278 2614 or email graham.moore@museums-sheffield.org.uk

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