Welcome Back to WPI: Object in Focus Online Exhibition

George Peckham, International Training Programme Assistant

Over the last three years the ITP has teamed up with students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, USA, to work on legacy projects for the network. Last year we were joined by Cormac, Jacob, Michael and Matthew. In 2018 we worked with Edward, Ryan, Sarah and Jessica and in 2017 we were joined by Amanda, Juan, Miguel and Patrick.

With the support of the ITP network (completing surveys, sharing their professional advice and communicating their needs) these students have managed to produce great resources which the ITP team use to facilitate legacy work throughout the year.

This year 4 more students will join the ITP network: Esteban Aranda, Kyle Ehrlich, Kevin Moore and Nicholas Sackos. The group will formally introduce themselves to you via the blog in the coming weeks but in the meantime I am happy to announce that they have begun work on creating the ITP’s second online exhibition.

WPI 2019 worked to create our first ever online exhibition, Bristol: The Bigger Picture. This year Esteban, Kyle, Kevin and Nicholas are creating an online space to showcase the Object in focus projects created by our ITP fellows.

Object in focus has become a key aspect of the ITP summer programme. Using their skills and experience, and the knowledge gained throughout the Summer Programme, the fellows create and propose an exhibition based around a single object on a given theme.  Fellows are encouraged to think not just about objects, concepts and interpretation, but also audiences, marketing, merchandising and events.

Object in focus reception 2019: Diana Digna (Sudan) and Aprille Tijam (Philippines)

This work currently does not have a platform for dissemination, which is why we are very excited to have our team from WPI working on this project.

This project is part of the group’s university studies; the project is carried out in one university term, working with the ITP team from the US before coming to the UK in March to volunteer on the project full time for 7 weeks. As the project develops Esteban, Kyle, Kevin and Nicholas may need to contact members of the network for advice and input into the project.

You can read more about WPI here: https://www.wpi.edu/

Look out for emails and regular updates throughout March and April!