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Gallery 20 will be closed for an event between 10am on Tuesday 22 May to 2.30pm on Thursday 24 May

Glass sculpture by Steffen Dam

Glass sculpture by Steffen Dam. RAMM’s ‘marine life’ jars will be inspired by its collections.

RAMM and contemporary art 2018-2022

For the period 2018-22, RAMM has received additional investment from Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation funding. This is specifically to develop contemporary art activity in response to the museum’s collections.

RAMM will develop a dynamic contemporary arts programme as an expression of its vision: Home to a Million Thoughts. By integrating contemporary art seamlessly into the museum’s popular and wide-ranging programme, RAMM aims to reach new audiences.

The curatorial approach encourages revealing new interpretations of RAMM and its collections and opening them up to the scrutiny of artists who will use the experience as a springboard for creativity. RAMM will exhibit work by some of the UK’s foremost contemporary artists, and use the collections (including our building and the stories that relate to collections) to stimulate commissions.

RAMM will work in collaboration with local visual arts partners to develop projects showcasing contemporary art and involving our communities which are inspired by RAMM’s collections and relate to our programming themes:

Celebration – April to October 2018

Festivities marking special occasions, anniversaries, birthdays or milestones or the act of proclaiming and praising publicly. RAMM’s 150th anniversary falls within this period.

Commemoration – September 2018 to January 2019

Honouring and keeping alive the memory of events, often involving loss of life or liberty. The 100th commemoration of the WW1 Armistice will be marked by two exhibitions at RAMM.

Ornamentation – January to March 2019

During this period RAMM will be hosting Yinka Shonibare’s curated exhibition ‘Criminal Ornamentation’ which draws on the Arts Council Collection and other loans.

Migration – spring to winter 2019

The movement of people, animals, ideas or fashions. For example people settling in another country or the seasonal movement from one habitat to another.

Year of Untold Stories – 2020

People who have achieved remarkable feats or lived extraordinary lives. It includes hidden histories or the stories of neglected communities, or people fighting inequality and overcoming barriers.

Over the course of spring and summer 2018 RAMM will be recruiting a Contemporary Arts Programme Officer to lead this programme. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining as a local visual arts partner working on the thematic programmes please register your interest with kate.loubser@exeter.gov.uk or julien.parsons@exeter.gov.uk


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