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The Family Friendly Museum Award 2015: The Winner

Some brilliant words from Jack about our recent win at Kids in Museums – a great blogger about museums – thank you Jack!

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The scores are in, the families have spoken, and the time has come to crown a new holder for the title of Most Family Friendly Museum in the UK. Previous winners have included museums such as the wonderful Horniman Museum in South London, the Haselmere Educational Museum in Surrey and everyone’s favourite conjoined museums, the Pitt Riverls and the Oxford University Natural History Museum.

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That list alone should give you an idea of the level of overall awesome-ness that families and the team at Kids in Museums are looking for in their winners. The winners would have to be awesome, because this is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one to give a powerful voice to families.

Before I tell you who won, I’d like to remind everyone of the shortlist from the length and breadth of the country:

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Amy’s Care Poems

Our Sky Map project continues with some great poems written by our Amy’s Care group for those with Dementia.

You can read some of the poems here and visit Tullie House in November to see the Sky Map in place!

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An anthology of the poems written by the group during their first session.

It’s Cooler at the Top

Glaramara, Cat Bells
Walking up hills
First of August
A lovely warm day
Borrowdale, Ashness Bridge
Past a tea shop in Grange

Can be cooler at the top
A change in weather
A change in altitude

In winter, you’ll need gloves
Brenda must’ve been keen
To go up Helvellyn
In the winter

Tullie House/Amy’s Care: Helen’s Poem September 1st 2015

Owls

Owls, owls
Pictures and placemats

Owls, clouds
When the frost comes

Stay warm
Quilts, jackets

Clouds, wool
Chill proof


Tullie House/Amy’s Care: Jeanette’s poem September 1st 2015

Jeanette’s Poem #2

Smouldering sky,
High, bright
Up into the clouds

Rain drops
Wet to the skin

Over the hill
Shrouded in cloud
Eye-kissing light
Twelve-winded sky
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Olive’s Poem

Feel it in your bones
Smile

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Painted Eggs

Our work with Amy’s Care on the Cumbria Sky Map continued last week with an art session, see what they got up to on the new blog post.

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Last week was our second session with the Amy’s Care group at Tullie House, and our first artist session with Alex.

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We were excited to see the Sky Map parasol, which is currently being painted lovely cloudy shades of blue by the other groups. Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished, and everyone’s artwork gets added!

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We also looked at the map, which the other groups have added to with things from their sessions. We’re hoping to see the Carlisle section later today.

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The Kendal group also sent us a lovely message from their session. It was great to hear how they’ve been getting on.

This week we were painting eagle eggs, based on what looking at the real ones last week.

Alex showed us how to make lovely speckles and textures with wax crayons and watercolours, and we were a very productive…

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The Cumbrian Sky Map Project arrives in Carlisle!

Eloise and Catherine have been working with Amy’s Care and our other CMC venues to bring the Cumbrian Sky Map project to life – read about it here

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‘Sun, sea and the sky; kites birds and clouds.’…as Helen said; ‘the clouds often come out in the Summer as well as in the Autumn! But the time has really flown by this week as the season changes. We certainly were talking about flight in our first session last week we had our very first session at Tullie House, working with the Amy’s Care Group.

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We had a very creative afternoon, looking at some of our objects, including the beautiful Golden Eagle Eggs used by Artist Uta Kogelsberger for her project. We all thought they were quite big, and it was interesting to look at how different the two eggs were. One was white and the other was very speckled. Andy even thought that the egg looked a bit like Alastair!

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‘Big, speckled, golden brown, they fly and hatch. Fluffy like a baby hamster!’- Jeanette

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We also spent some time…

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Anselm Kiefer Young Peoples’ Project

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Tullie House has teamed up with Nacro and Carlisle Key to work with local young people on a project inspired by the work of Anselm Kiefer, whose works feature in our current ARTIST ROOMS Anselm Kiefer exhibition. Catherine our Young People Coordinator gives us an update of what they’ve been up to.

In the workshops the young people have been using mixed media on canvas to explore their own identities; what is it that makes us who we are, and how much of it is linked to a ‘national identity’?

collageThe young people have noticed that Kiefer uses a lot of different materials, and also includes text in some of his work, so during the workshops we have tried to achieve a similar effect by using collage, paint, stencils, and newsprint altogether on one piece.

They have been encouraged to use pictures, words, and phrases which bear some significance to their lives, and that represent them in some way. The groups have also been re-visiting, adding to, and reusing pieces that they have started in earlier sessions, which is also something that Kiefer does with his own work.

The groups have been working with local musician Steven Pearson to explore the use of music and song lyrics as a way of expressing their thoughts and feelings about Kiefer’s work. It can sometimes be hard to communicate personal responses to art work, and using another reference can make it easier. Steven has done some sessions which involve layering sounds, and mixing music in a similar way that Kiefer layers materials and mixes different artistic mediums.

The young people will be sharing a ‘musical tour’ with museum visitors, which through the use of QR codes will direct people in the gallery to songs on their ‘kiefer2music’ blog (coming soon), where the young people have chosen music they feel links to pieces of Kiefer’s artwork.

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The groups are working towards a larger-scale creative response to the exhibition, which will go on display in the museum reception in time for our Museums at Night event of Thursday 14 May, where the young people will be able to share the work they have been doing.

The project is supported by funding from ARTIST ROOMS who aim to engage ‘new’ young audiences (13 to 25 years old) across the UK with the ARTIST ROOMS collection and artists, in a meaningful and enjoyable way.

Needing inspiration for a sportier New Year you?

Happy New Year!  There has been no slowing down over the festive period and it’s all change again in THe Shed with a sports exhibition taking shape as I type…

Come Tek a Deek is now open. 


Below is the blog from Claire, Come Tek a Deek’s Co-ordinator, who reveals some fascinating facts about our local sports clubs and has infomation about how you can come and meet the people behind the exhibition.  Over to Claire.

Come Tek a Deek evolved out of us wishing to reach into the Sporting Community. We have many different sports clubs and groups in Carlisle who have long histories and their own collections of objects and memorabilia. THe Shed is all about involving the wider community in the museum so we put a call out to sports clubs across the city to get involved in creating an exhibition that celebrates the history of sport in the county. 

We attracted a wide range of interests, from football clubs to a rifle club, each with their own objects and stories to share. Did you know that members of the Border City Wheelers used to cycle as far as Preston, compete in competitions and then cycle back? Or that the Northbank Football club has a member who holds the world record for the longest header? Are you in the picture? Come tek a deek at our local clubs, their stories and history and share your sporting memories too! We have folders around the gallery with photos from the clubs along with pictures on the wall, so take a look and see if you are in the picture!  



As project coordinator I have learnt something new about each of the clubs and the sport they are involved with. I was surprised to learn that to race as a cyclist you needed a licence for example. I had not realised that this is an important part of being able to race legally on the road. Club member Andy told me this was not an issue when the club first started but as the roads became busier with traffic that it became important for the safety of other road users and the cyclists.

Did you know that the museum has an arms licence but for our historic and decommissioned weapons? For this show we had to talk to the police and ensure we were covered legally and that we had any arms displayed securely locked in special cases! 

If you wish to find out more…
Join us here for a Gallery Conversation at 1pm on Tuesday 13 January – meet some of the club members, talk to them about their sport and find out more about the people involved in the exhibition.

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