Co-Curation: a personal account

There’s been a huge amount of progress with the co-curation of the South Asia Gallery, and in this guest post, Nazma Noor, one of Manchester Museum’s South Asia Gallery Co-Curators, shares her own personal account of the process. Back in 2019, I became part of the South Asia Gallery Collective, a group of people from…

Co-curation and/in Covid

In this guest post Nusrat Ahmed, our South Asia Gallery Lead, reflects on what it means to co-curate a gallery during a pandemic and shares some of the progress that has been made throughout 2020, thanks to the creativity and resilience of the South Asia Gallery Collective. Over the last nine months we have all…

Pakistani Diaspora Leaders Program 2019

A guest post from Nusrat Ahmed, our South Asia Gallery Community Producer, reflecting on some of the ideas, connections and skills that she gained through the Pakistani Diaspora Leaders Programme. On 2nd October I embarked on a 4 day leadership programme run by Common Purpose, a not-for-profit organisation that is devoted to developing leaders who…

South Asia Gallery Design Camp

A guest post by Helen Schulte and colleagues from Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), our South Asia Gallery design team, on the South Asia Gallery Design Camp earlier in the summer. In August 2019, RAA attended the South Asia Gallery Design Camp hosted by the South Asia Gallery Collective and Manchester Museum staff. The Design Camp…

South Asia Gallery Collective visit the stores

A guest post from Rachel Webster, Curator of Botany, and David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Sciences, on exploring the stores with the South Asia Gallery Collective. At the end of June the South Asia Gallery collective paid a visit to look at some of the South Asia-related stories waiting to be told in the geology…

South Asia Gallery Collective at the Whitworth

A guest post by Irit Narkiss, Conservator of Objects and Access and the South Asia Gallery’s designated conservator, on a recent research trip with the South Asia Gallery Collective. The South Asia Gallery Collective has recently trooped down the road to the Whitworth to explore South Asian textiles with Assistant Curator of Textiles and Wallpaper,…

South Asia Gallery Collective at Manchester Art Gallery

A guest post by Nusrat Ahmed, South Asia Gallery Community Producer, with an update on the South Asia Gallery Collective’s recent visit to Manchester Art Gallery. Hello Everyone. A bit about myself, my name is Nusrat Ahmed and on 1st April I started a new role at Manchester Museum as South Asia Gallery Community Producer. …

South Asia Gallery Collective at John Rylands Library

A guest post from Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, with an update on the South Asia Gallery Collective. On Saturday 30 March a number of the South Asia Gallery Collective embarked on our second research visit to the John Rylands Library, also part of the University of Manchester, located on Deansgate in Manchester. We were…

South Asia Gallery: Collective Endeavour

A guest post from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures, with an update on the South Asia Gallery. At the third South Asia Gallery workshop at the end of January we explored the transformational possibilities of co-curation and our aspiring co-curators signed up to help us create collections-based anthologies. Since then the South Asia Collective…

Our South Asia Gallery Journey

A guest post from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures, with an update on the development of the Museum’s South Asia Gallery. Since spring our South Asia Gallery has undergone somewhat of a radical transformation, shifting from a gallery primarily focused on chronology and collections to one embedding co-curation and lived experience. So how did…