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Liz Smith: This project really fits in with our agenda to attract more 14 – 19 year old young people to get inspired about the collection but also to perhaps think about the industry, the gallery sector in a very different way. So, rather than just learning about content and understanding portraits and the people in them it’s to really understand the processes, the roles, skills and responsibilities of those who make producing an exhibition a reality.
Charlotte Johnson: Curating and the museum and gallery world isn’t necessarily a career option that young people think about – it’s perhaps something that’s removed from the vast majority of young people’s everyday experience. So by going in through youth forums and schools you’re opening up a whole world to young people that they wouldn’t necessarily know about.
Student:Before I used to just think that galleries weren’t really that fascinating. I thought that museums wasn’t my type of thing but I think I’ve learnt more about different writers and things that I wouldn’t know about before. The website is very good at telling people how everything comes together and how exhibitions take time to put together.
Laura Langridge: Students are learning the teamwork, the communication, to be effective in an environment, to work with other people and to relate and be able to express their opinions, so, being creative but working along with another team to get to and end point. And to be learning to fail because we don’t let them fail so it’s about the process that they go through and not necessarily what happens at the other end.
Rachel Moss: They will develop skills for critiquing portraits, get inspiration for their own work, have access to professional artists, develop their social skills by working together with other young people that they may not know and produce something they could potentially put into a portfolio or add to their CV so it’s work related learning in that sense but it’s process-based but also ending up with some kind of product.
Tanya Weall: They’re doing things for the first time and they’re making a success of them. They’re able to think about scale and measuring and 3D construction, and put together something that works for them and that they can put to use in the future on another workshop.
Liz Smith: Design, marketing, learning, those are all quite generic approaches which, once you’ve learnt them in the context of a museum or gallery can be applied in the wider creative sector. So we see ourselves as both an in focus experience for the Creative and Media Diploma but one where we hope that young people will be inspired to have a career in the arts more generally.
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I keep a notebook. I do scribble things down that I see. Often I’ll go down to galleries, wander around looking at pictures until ideas start pouring out.

Terry Gilliam, Animator and Film Director

Museums and galleries can be a fantastic source of inspiration. They offer a creative space to learn, think and dream up ideas. You might not realize it, but museums and galleries also offer a huge range of career opportunities – whether your passion is for marketing, graphic design, curating, performance, event organising or media production.