Museum at Large, October 2021
Discover an urban trail of eye-catching creativity this October.
Museum at Large, RAMM’s ambitious new project to bring inspiration from the museum’s collection to the city of Exeter, hits the streets from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 October.
Museum at Large will lead a weekend of arts and culture activity in Exeter, working with partners such as the Northcott Theatre, the Phoenix and Princesshay shopping centre among others. Funded through an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant, four artists, along with creative collaborators and museum professionals, will create a vibrant programme of artistic activity – culminating in four temporary art commissions on show in the city centre over the Hallowe’en weekend. Museum at Large will reconnect people with the city, history, and the museum’s collections, with works in a range of media — sound, light, sculpture, installation – encouraging Exeter’s residents and visitors to explore RAMM’s treasures in a fresh and exciting way.
The four immersive installations will be displayed at various locations across Exeter city centre:
Museum at Large Location 1 – Gayle Chong Kwan
Former Debenhams, Princesshay, 9 Bedford St, Exeter EX1 1GG
Museum at Large Location 2 – Walid Siti
Exe River at The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AP
Museum at Large Location 3 – Jon Street
St Catherine’s Chapel & Almshouses, Catherine St, Exeter EX4 7JJ
Museum at Large Location 4 – Caro Williams
Rougemont Gardens, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PT
Gayle Chong Kwan is known for her participatory projects in the public realm. Her work is often created out of waste products, found materials and documentary sources. For Museum at Large, Gayle will work with specific groups of local people to produce a collaborative work that is unique to RAMM and the city. Her commission will directly connect with RAMM’s important collection of Roman objects. An internationally-recognised multidisciplinary artist, Chong Kwan aims to bring Exeter’s Roman history to life through an outdoor performance which will wow city-centre visitors
‘I’m delighted to be working with such an exciting collection of museum objects. I am looking forward to exploring the relationship between people, objects and place with my work, and bringing this to the streets of Exeter.’ – Gayle Chong Kwan
Caro Williams’ commission is inspired by RAMM’s collection of bird specimens on display in the In Fine Feather gallery. Caro is a London-based installation and mixed media artist who works with symbols, sound, language, and place.
‘I am thrilled to have been selected for this commission and very excited about exploring and working with the museum’s objects, especially the Natural Sciences collection. My installation will highlight the relevance of the museum’s collection particularly in relation to the fragility of species while also presenting a moment to reflect on the natural world through art.’ – Caro Williams
Kurdish-Iraqi artist Walid Siti’s installation will stand at 3 meters in height, and will draw from RAMM’s collection of cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia. Walid works in a variety of mediums including video, installation, 3D works, work on paper and painting. His work is in notable international collections including New York’s Metropolitan Museum; the British Museum; and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
‘Recently I have been interested in using poetry together with my works; but text as language, history as heritage, and representations of power structures through architecture were always leading aspects of my practice. From this perspective, the public art installation Textscape commissioned by the RAMM/Museum at Large will embody all diverse layers combined throughout the years and I’m extremely excited to be part of this opportunity/project.‘ – Walid Siti
Jon Street will playfully recreate a historical scene using a video projected on to buildings, allowing members of the public to engage directly with his work by ‘taking control’ of the performance. He will also be working with students at Exeter College to create their own pieces of work.
‘The RAMM collection is a collage of human creativity, from across the world and across the ages. To be able to work with the collection using 3D scanning, animation and projection mapping will allow visitors and the people of Exeter to experience select items from the collection in a totally new way; larger than life, reanimated and offering a new perspective into the past – linking one of Exeter’s historic sites with period items which have survived through the ages in an interactive, playful medium.’ – Jon Street
Artist Gayle Chong Kwan is looking for volunteers to be involved in processions through Exeter city centre from 2-4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 29-31 October as part of her commission. Help Gayle to bring Exeter’s Roman history to life through collaged headpieces which will be displayed in the processions.
Interested? Get in touch with [email protected]
You can also get involved by sending in a photo of an object that has worth to you on a personal level. Gayle is looking for objects related to a memory, or a special person, or part of something you like or collect. She will then include images of objects in the sculptural photographic works that she will make.
Please send photos to Gayle at [email protected]
Reflected Patterns: Make your own teleidoscope
Wed 27 Oct | 10.30am to 3.30pm | £3.50 per child |Drop-in
Come and view RAMM’s collection in a totally different way by making your own teleidoscope! Have fun making these crazy binoculars and then wander the galleries being amazed by the wonderful colours and patterns our displays can produce.
Thurs 28 Oct | 10.30 am to 3.30 pm | £3.50 | Drop in
Be the envy of your friends with a unique necklace or ancient tablet decorated with your name written in cuneiform.
Just like Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, cuneiform is one of the oldest writing systems in the world. Using quick air drying clay, we will make small pendants or tablets and provide you with the cuneiform alphabet to translate your name or short message into.
Night of Light and Sound
Fri 29 Oct | 6 to 7.30pm | £3 per person | Booking required
Explore the museum by torchlight, after hours and as we turn the lights down low. Take part in light and sound craft activities inspired by World Culture festivals such as Diwali, Hanukkah and Vesak. Make lanterns and musical instruments to carry and play in our end of evening parade through the darkened museum.
Enjoy music playing throughout the museum as you explore and take time to enjoy a screen light show. Use your torch to see how many of our iconic objects you can link to light and sound.