School of Arts and Cultures

Student Projects

Student Projects

Every year our Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies students complete group projects. This is part of their second semester specialist modules on our postgraduate taught degrees.

All the World’s a Stage, 2014

All the World’s a Stage was an exhibition at the University’s Hatton Gallery. It was curated by our 2013-14 Art, Museum and Gallery Studies students on the theme of celebrity. 

The exhibition linked to another show in the gallery, Marilyn Monroe: a British love affair, from the National Portrait Gallery in London.

All the World’s a Stage explored the ways in which image has been projected, manipulated and distributed over time and for what purposes. 

It included images of historic and contemporary celebrities, from Napoleon to Amy Winehouse. They are represented in different lights, caught in poses of power or moments of quiet vulnerability.

The exhibition also reflected on the techniques of mass-production and mass-circulation of image. It looked at the role of the public in creating and forgetting our celebrities.

The exhibition involved selecting and interpreting works from the Hatton and Laing Art Gallery collections and sourcing works from contemporary artists.

Our students secured sponsorship, managed the opening and ran learning events during the course of the exhibition.

The Hancocks: Scientists in the Studio, 2013

The Hancocks: Scientists in the Studio was an exhibition and digital interpretation project. It was hosted by the University's Great North Museum: Hancock. 

It was curated by our 2012-13 Museum Studies students as part of the Interpretation and Exhibitions module.

The project showcased some of the older taxidermy specimens in the museum's collections. These were prepared by John Hancock himself. They were displayed alongside drawings and water colours from the archive of the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

Our students secured sponsorship, managed the opening and the media campaign for this exhibition.