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Alsu Akhmetzyanova

World Bank Project


Country: Uzbekistan

ITP Year: 2019


With a passion for arts and culture and a desire to contribute her knowledge into the development of society, Alsu is currently working as a consultant on the World Bank Project where she supports art galleries in Tashkent to organise art events.  She also works as an art blogger highlighting all the art exhibitions and events in Uzbekistan to keep people updated and help them come closer to art.

Previously Alsu worked at the Arts and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan as the Head of Education Department and as a Project Manager in the same department. There Alsu’s role primarily involved the planning and establishment of different project goals and objectives and monitoring the achievement of these objectives over the project life.

One of Alsu’s main projects was opening the first centre of contemporary arts in Uzbekistan and the programme of the museum’s renovation based on the principles of self-sufficiency. As well as working on a long-term collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, Alsu also worked on a two-year project with Goldsmiths University to extend and increase the qualifications of museum workers.

At the British Museum

During her time on the International Training Programme Alsu was based in the Middle East Department and her partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

In 2019 participants were asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition around an object from the Museum’s collection working within the theme of journeys.  Alsu worked with Catalina Cavelier Adarve (Colombia) on her Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Eternal Provision for the Soul: celebrating life in ancient Egypt.

Alsu’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Legacy Projects

In 2020 Alsu conducted an Online Subject Specialist Session for the International Training Programme. Alsu led a session titled The Samarkand Half Marathon, cultural accessibility and ‘going digital’ during COVID-19
Alsu also attended these online sessions in 2020:
Collecting COVID-19
Egyptology in Lockdown: Connecting collections with isolated people
Setting up a Subject Specialist Network

In November 2022 Alsu participated in an ITP legacy project based on the Museums Association Conference held in Edinburgh. As part of this week, with fellows from Armenia, Egypt, Guatemala, India,