New Imagination Museum website launched

Dance company Made By Katie Green is pleased to announce the launch of ‘The Imagination Museum’ website, a platform showcasing new ways of moving in museums.

The new ‘Imagination Museum’ website at www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk will:

  • document the journey of Made By Katie Green’s performance work of the same name
  • provide a new online hub for information about using dance to respond creatively to museum sites, collections, themes and ideas.

Created with Lincoln-based designers Root Studio, with support from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme, visitors will be able to use the website to find out more about future performances of The Imagination Museum, a danced history tour performed by 3 eccentric tour guides. To date, The Imagination Museum has been adapted for more than 30 museums and heritage sites across the UK and seen by more than 6000 people.

“Fantastic, changed the way I thought museums could be made exciting, playful, vibrant and inclusive. Animated historical facts through high quality art”

– The Imagination Museum audience member

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The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 (Owen Benson Visuals; dancers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey)

Visitors to the website will also be able to find out more about other events happening using dance and movement in museums, read about the creative process involved in this work, explore case studies and helpful resources and join the Imagination Museum consortium. Members of this consortium will be able to share their own events, news, resources and opportunities, and have access to annual meetings at which they will be able to share ideas with artists and museums.

Director Katie Green says: “We’ve been involved in a lot of discussion around creative practice using dance and movement in museums and heritage sites over the past 6 years, and have come to realise that there is a desire from artists and museums for a place to bring together information about this kind of work. We hope to be able to use the new website as a place where we can open up our own process but also invite others to share examples of the great work they are doing. Hopefully the site and Imagination Museum consortium will make it a bit easier for artists and museums interested in collaborating to find each other.”

Join the consortium to help create a shared Imagination Museum space full of danced responses to museums, galleries and heritage sites. Visit www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk/consortium or contact katie@imaginationmuseum.co.uk.

The Imagination Museum project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme.

The forthcoming Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project will respond specifically to the historic story of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America in the lead up to the 2020 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is also supported by Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey District Council, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw District Councils and the Surf the Wave programme, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company developing new ways of responding to historical artefacts and heritage sites through dance. Working collaboratively with a range of artists, they create stories that bring our shared past to life in new ways, and engage a broad audience, including those who are new to dance.

‘Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’ project in Notts/Lincs seeking Local Producer

 

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company specialising in creating work for museums and heritage sites. Alongside its performance work, the company is engaged in a programme of participatory work with children and young people, in schools and at museums.

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We are currently looking for a Local Producer to work with us on our newest Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project.

This role would involve:

  • supporting the Company Director (Katie Green) and Producer (Claire Morton) in planning for and delivery of the Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project in and around Retford and Gainsborough
  • liaising with local dance artists, local partners and participants in the area (including the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, local schools, youth and community groups, churches and local museums), with support from the Company Director and Producer
  • recruiting a small team of volunteers, heritage interpreters, teachers, group/community leaders who will act as Community Ambassadors throughout the project
  • supporting delivery of rehearsals, meetings, performances and workshops from October 2018 through to January 2021, with more intensive activity from November 2018 – November 2019
  • collecting feedback from audiences and documenting the project on the Imagination Museum website

… and require someone organized and friendly, with excellent team-working skills; someone who is interested in the project, well-networked in the area and professional, with excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

For more information about the role and how to apply, visit: https://madebykatiegreen.co.uk/blog/post.php?s=2018-06-15-callout-looking-for-local-producers-in-nottinghamshirelincolnshire-and-hampshire

The deadline for this opportunity is the 20th July 2018 at 5pm. We will also be posting a callout for local dance artists soon.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, Plymouth City Council and Bassetlaw District Council, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

Image credit: The Imagination Museum, Boston Guildhall; Dancers – Lucy Starkey and Hannah Noel; Photograph by Steve Hatton (Electric Egg).

The Imagination Museum: new dance project for Mayflower 400 in Notts & Lincs

New dance and heritage project commemorating the Mayflower 400 anniversary awarded funding from Arts Council England

Multi award-winning choreographer Katie Green, originally from Lincolnshire, will bring her newest project The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 to Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and Plymouth in the lead up to the 2020 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. The project will see 5,500 people get involved in innovative dance and heritage events within their local community.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project will bring to life museum collections and heritage sites through fun and engaging dance performances and workshops. It will draw on the historic story of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America, and will begin in North Nottinghamshire and culminate in Plymouth. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth in September 1620, and the 400th anniversary will be commemorated nationwide.

The Imagination Museum (photo Pari Naderi)
The Imagination Museum (photo Pari Naderi)

From 2019 – 2020, the project will tour to 19 venues across the Midlands and South West of England, including museums, heritage sites, schools, community centres and churches. Each performance will be different, drawing on workshops with the local community at each venue to develop the core dance piece, and providing opportunities for community groups to perform alongside professional dancers. Choreographer Katie Green says: “We are thrilled to have been supported through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme to develop our work with dance and museums. This funding, along with the support of our other partners, enables us to work closely with communities in three key regions. We’re particularly excited to work with people who may be new to dance or museums.”

To find out more about how you can get involved in The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project, contact katie@madebykatiegreen.co.uk.

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green, supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, Plymouth City Council and Bassetlaw District Council, and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point and Plymouth Dance.

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company developing new ways of responding to historical artefacts and heritage sites through dance. Working collaboratively with a range of artists, we create stories that bring our shared past to life in new ways, and engage a broad audience, including those who are new to dance.

For more information about the company’s work visit: www.madebykatiegreen.co.uk

For more information about the national Mayflower 400 commemoration, please visit: http://www.mayflower400uk.org/about/