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Raneen Kiresh

The Palestinian Museum

Public Programmes and Events Coordinator

Country: Palestine

ITP Year: 2017


Raneen graduated from Birzeit University with a major in Business Administration in 2013. She started working at the Palestinian Museum as the Director’s Executive Assistant. In her current role as the Public Programmes and Events Coordinator, she develops, delivers and promotes innovative, interactive and engaging public programmes with energy creativity, and resourcefulness, targeting different segments of the community and giving them exceptional experiences.

Raneen has developed an exceptional public programme for The Palestinian Museum’s inaugural exhibition ‘Jerusalem Lives’, the programme that served as the first comprehensive museum learning experience in Palestine translated into interactive activities for school and university students, families, artists, academics, and the general public. All were invited to take on a journey of discovering the political, economic, ideological, and cultural components that make up the city of Jerusalem. Through these activities, the participants closely researched, watched, listened, and expressed themselves poetically and aesthetically.

Raneen currently works on developing and running the public programme of The Palestinian Museum’s second exhibition Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian Embroidery where she develops talks, lectures, symposiums, special activities, performances, film screenings and family activities in parallel to the exhibition. These address the exhibition’s key ideas and themes, and include an interactive educational program tailored for children, schools, and university students.

Raneen has been involved in lots of voluntary projects, working with the community, including helping to coordinate festivals in the West Bank and Jerusalem. She has also participated in other training programmes including the Cultural Management Training Programme with the Goethe Institute in Germany.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme 2017, Raneen was based in the Middle East Department and spent her partner placement at Norfolk Museums Service.

In 2017 participants were asked to develop a proposal for an Asahi Shimbun Display – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum – based around a ‘spotlight’ object.  Raneen worked with fellow Andrea Terron Gomez ( Guatemala) on her exhibition proposal project, entitled Red and Blue: The Evil Eye across Borders.

Raneen’s participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Barakat Trust.