Watch the Object in focus 2021 film!

We are very pleased to be able to share our Object in focus 2021 film!

The Object in focus project is a crucial part of the International Training Programme experience. Each year ITP fellows are asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition, drawing on their existing museum experience and the skills learnt during the programme.

For 2021, the Object in focus exhibition was designed around an object from the Museum’s collection selected by the fellow’s project mentors, working within the theme of journeys. Fellows were asked to work in partnership with colleagues from another country and work together with an object from outside their areas of expertise. These continued developments of the project aim to encourage fellows to go beyond methods of research and the history of the object and consider concepts, interpretation, audiences, marketing, merchandising and events. Working on an object from another country and culture also meant that the fellows worked together as a group to help and support each other.

Working on the project proposal in small groups provided another excellent opportunity to build strong working relationships. It demonstrated the benefits and challenges of working collaboratively and helped to enhance the ITP global network.

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, the usual Supporters’ Reception wasn’t possible this year so the decision was made to film the fellows and their projects instead. This created a wonderful opportunity for the participants to share their ideas more widely and provide a lasting tribute to the work and creativity that went into every proposal.

Exhibition titles 2021

North Macedonia, Sudan & Tajikistan
Beyond Belief: journey of the rain animals
Aleksandra Chevreska, Nosiba Mahgoub Osman Ali and Durakhshona Boboeva

Ghana, India & Turkey
Journey to the West
William Nsuiban Gmayi, Siddhant Shah and Emrah Kahraman

Greece, Iran and Uzbekistan
Message not in a bottle: Coins as markers of a lifelong journey
Meropi Ziogana, Salah Salimi, Uktamali Ravshanov

Nigeria, Palestine and Rapa Nui
Deciphering the Ba-Bird
Osaru Obasaki, Haneen Mukho and Mario Taki

Cambodia and Sudan
Phoenician bowl: from the Red Sea to Italy
Sanpiseth Kim and Siham Algadi

Bhutan and Cambodia
Bosphorus boat crossings: Turkish shadow puppet journeys
Choki Tshomo and Sopheara Chap

Well done to all the 2021 fellows for their work in creating their Object in focus proposals and for excellently presenting their objects in this film. You can watch the film by visiting the our ITP films page here on the website.