Or how quilting represents community-wide solidarity

The quilt was a collaboration between gardener Sui Searle (Decolonise The Garden) and quiltmaker Jess Bailey (Public Library Quilts). Together, they asked people all around the world to donate their scraps of naturally dyed fabric, which sewn together resulted in large-scale quilt with a beautiful star-shaped pattern.

The Land in Our Names Quilt, 2021. Photography: Jess Bailey and Kim Lightbody.

LION, the grassroots collective who received the quilt’s funds, work to ‘connect climate justice with racial justice’, all through the care and farming of British land. …

Finding a job in the arts is hard. Knowing what jobs in the arts exist, which ones you want, and how to get them, is particularly hard. Luckily, Hang It is there to give you advice on what to look out for. An online free platform built by four recent graduates, it offers interviews with those who’ve started their careers, pointers on where to find job listings, and discussions on topics of interest.

Follow them on Instagram and listen to their podcast on Spotify.

Hang It website introduction
Hang It website introduction

‘We all know the art world can feel like a closed club… Hang It offers a…

Today I’d like to talk about a really interesting current project: 100 stories of 100 worlds in 1 Object. This project is a response to an earlier BBC radio show made by the British Museum, called A History of the World in 100 Objects. In it, the then Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor described a hundred objects from the collection, from the Moʻai from Easter Island to a medieval Hebrew astrolabe. Altogether, A History of the World used the whole range offered by the British Museum’s collection to tell the story of the entire world.

This is where…

I watched The Dig (Simon Stone, 2021), with Ralph Fiennes as Basil Brown and Carey Mulligan as Edith Pretty. The movie is based on John Preston’s eponymous novel which tells the story of the 1939 discovery of the Sutton Hoo burial ship, changing what was known of early Medieval Britain and the Anglo Saxons who lived in it.

Edith Pretty and Basil Brown in The Dig.
Edith Pretty and Basil Brown in The Dig.
Edith Pretty and Basil Brown, The Dig © Netflix 2021.

All of archaeology Twitter has been talking about it and I wanted to join the fray, but from the museum side. This is a tad ironic when we take into account the movie’s not-so-positive portrayal of museums— they’re elitist, they don’t give…

A pixel art video game on the magic behind caring for museum collections.

Pixel art of Myla, a friendly looking person with antlers.
Pixel art of Myla, a friendly looking person with antlers.
Myla, the friendly museum worker deer.

‘Today, Myla is working on the museum floor and bumps into you by accident, knocking you over. Myla apologises and offers to buy you a coffee. While chatting you mention that you have worked in a museum before and Myla confides that they are having a bit of trouble with figuring out how to look after some items.

Do you want to help Myla?

Say yes, and you’ll discover a small mysterious museum in your neighbourhood you hadn’t noticed until now. You’ll help Myla with some collection items they don’t know how to deal with; with each item you can…

Weaving Connections: Local perspectives on collections from the Middle East, North and West Africa is an online exhibition organised by the Multaka-Oxford Volunteers in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum curators. You can access it here. It is a refreshing, welcoming and innovative exhibition, and proof that personal perspectives on artefacts can only improve the stories we tell.

Close-up shot of intricate embroidery on a Palestinian thob (a kind of dress)
Close-up shot of intricate embroidery on a Palestinian thob (a kind of dress)
Intricate embroidery on the back of a thob (Palestine). Pitt Rivers Museum.

The exhibition takes you through a collection of textiles from the Arab world, presenting several objects from each country to showcase a specific kind of craftsmanship and offer a glimpse into each culture. We go to Yemen and see a beautiful korta…

Cover picture for the Daughters of Ys.
Cover picture for the Daughters of Ys.
Cover of ‘The Daughters of Ys’, by Jo Rioux © First Second

Title: The Daughters of Ys

Author: M. T. Anderson

Illustrator: Jo Rioux

Publishing House: First Second

We are greeted by the grieving King Gradlon of Kerne, recalling his late wife: Your mother came from another world. He explains how Lady Malgven, a woman of faerie blood, pushed back the sea on the shores of his kingdom and built him the magnificent ‘city of a hundred spires’, attracting ambassadors and merchants from far beyond: the city of Ys.

She also gave him two daughters, princesses Rozenn and Dahut.

The two girls, virtually abandoned by the devastated king, cope as they can…

A. Duch Giménez

Museum student; art curator; writer.

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