Looking Beyond: Conversations between John Berger and John Christie has been a collaboration between 15 MA Museum Studies students from the University of East Anglia, alongside the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich.
The exhibition team would like to thank the staff at the Sainsbury Centre, Dr Ed Krcma, and John Christie for all their help and support in putting this show together.
During my studies as an MA Museum Studies student in UEA, I am doing an internship in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts as the Curatorial Fellow. Before beginning my studies here, I received a BA in History of Arts from the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn and worked as the Exhibitions’ Department Coordinator and Project Manager in Tartu Art Museum. I am passionate about contemporary art and mediating it through inspiring exhibitions and events.
I have been studying at the UEA for the last four years. Before starting my MA I read a BA in Art history, Anthropology and Archaeology. I am currently the collections management intern at the Sainsbury Centre and am working with the curatorial team for this exhibition.
Collections Management Team
I have been working with the Collections Management team for our exhibition. This included tasks ensuring the access, safekeeping, filing and organising of objects or their related data. As I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Art History, Japanese Studies and Education from the University of Zurich, and am doing my work placement at the Japanese Section of the Asian Department at the British Museum, our focus on more contemporary and European artworks has been an interesting contribution to my learning experience at UEA. In the future, I intend to work towards a PhD in the field of Japanese Studies, Collection Studies and Digital Humanities, connecting different areas of research, languages and new methodology in a transnational environment.
As part of the Education Team, I have helped design and organise the events programme to run alongside the Looking Beyond exhibition, which includes a range of exciting workshops, discussions and performances that cater for a variety of SCVA audiences. The opportunity to work within the Education Team, and develop the exhibition events programme, has been an invaluable experience and one that has been matched with an excellent placement opportunity to work with the extensive dolls’ house collection at Strangers’ Hall, Norwich, which includes collections and exhibition research responsibilities.
With an interest in design and visitor experience, I began the MA in Museum Studies at UEA after undertaking a BA in Illustration and Animation at Loughborough University. Alongside the Masters course, I am the Access and Communications Fellow at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. This project is a great insight into the practical process of exhibition making and I am enjoying constructing ideas to build wider engagement with Looking Beyond alongside the other members of the Marketing Team.
For this exhibition, I am part of the marketing team which has primarily involved promoting the exhibition by creating eye-catching flyers, an engaging press release and developing social media pages. In addition we are responsible for organising the opening event and attracting visitors to the exhibition. My role has involved securing sponsorship for our printing costs and controlling the web pages. Before I started the MA in Museum Studies, I studied a BA in History of Art at the University of York and completed an Art Foundation course at Wensum Lodge in Norwich. Currently, I am undertaking an internship with the collections management and conservation team at Blickling Hall in north Norfolk.
Before coming to UEA to study for an MA in Museum Studies, I studied a BA in History at Oxford Brookes University. I am interested in learning about the many different aspects of exhibition planning. I am enjoying the new challenges that being a part of the Marketing Team has brought, and collectively organising the exhibition private view. I am currently, also, completing a curatorial placement at the Museum of East Anglian Life, and co-curating their annual temporary exhibition.