Twenty-eight students from the University’s BA (Hons) Fashion: Image Making and Styling degree course were commissioned by the Museum to reinvent the way the collections are interpreted, displayed and viewed.
The students had access to the Museum’s archive, with a brief to change the public’s relationship with the stored collections, and took inspiration from Surrealism, changing fashions and current creative trends to produce a range of photos and exhibits. A selection of the images and objects can be seen in the Inter Alia exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery, Moss Street, Bury, BL9 0DF, until 2 March and the University’s School of Arts & Media is also producing a book of the exhibition.
Susan Lord, Curator at the Museum, said: “We found the students to be innovative and creative and we have certainly been inspired by them. We have over 60,000 objects in the Museum collection and only a small percentage can be put on display at any one time, so to work on a project which makes use of our stored archives is fantastic for us.
“This exhibition has really pushed us out of our comfort zones and has challenged our ideas on how the Museum works with objects.”
University Fashion lecturer Rachel Newsome commented: “It was a great opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their work in a public exhibition. The project has given the students the ability to refine their creativity and learn how to negotiate with external partners for a gallery commission. The students can take this experience with them in their future careers and continue to develop their personal voice through styling and image making.”