Object in focus: 2021 proposals

With the return of the ITP annual programme onsite, we were excited to bring back Object in focus!

Each year ITP summer programme fellows are asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition, drawing on their existing museum experience and the skills learnt during the programme.

Fellows are given an object from the Museum’s collection around which to design their Object in focus exhibition and worked within the theme of journeys. This year’s project worked slightly different, in that we asked the fellows to work in their UK partner museum placement groups. This was done to give the fellows more time to prepare for their project in their groups while away at their UK partners. Fellows are encouraged to think not just about methods of research and the history of the object, but also about concepts, interpretation, audiences, marketing, merchandising and events.

Working on the project proposal together provided yet another excellent opportunity to develop strong working relationships. It demonstrated the benefits and challenges of working collaboratively and will enhance the ITP global network. The exhibition proposal project always proves to be a highlight of the programme. It clearly demonstrates the work and imagination that goes into all the fellows’ proposals and the presentation is an opportunity for our participants to share their ideas. Please find each pairs’ Object in focus project below.

Nigeria, Palestine and Rapa Nui/Chile

Deciphering the Ba-Bird

Osaru Obaseki, Haneen Mukho and Mario Tuki

Object in focus 2021 reception, Deciphering the Ba-bird

India, Turkey and Ghana

Journey to the West

Siddhant Shah, Emrah Kahraman and William Nsuiban Gmayi

Object in focus 2021: Journey to the west

Greece, Iran and Uzbekistan

Message not in a bottle: Coins as markers of a life-long journey

Meropi Ziogana, Salah Salimi and Uktamali Ravshanov

Object in focus 2021: Message not in a bottle

North Macedonia, Sudan, Tajikistan

Beyond Belief: journey of the rain animals

Aleksandra Chevreska, Nosiba Osman, Durakhshona Boboeva

Object in focus 2021: journey of the rain animals

Bhutan and Cambodia

Bosphorus boat crossings: Turkish shadow puppet journeys

Choki Tshomo and Sopheara Chap

Object in focus 2021: Turkish shadow puppets

Sudan and Cambodia

Phoenician bowl: from the Red Sea to Italy

Siham Algadi and Sanpiseth Kim

Object in focus 2021: Phoenician bowl