How do we communicate? What tools do we use to help us? How did people communicate with each other in the past? These are just some of the questions being explored by a group of students from the Mid-West School for Hearing Impaired Children as part of The Hunt Museum’s Communities of Culture Programme. The programme aims to explore the different, unique cultural experiences and heritages of each of Limerick’s regeneration areas – Southill, Ballinacurra Weston, Moyross and St. Mary’s Park.
Last Thursday students of the school launched their Communities of Culture pop-up exhibition in the school. The school’s Museum of Communication records the stories, memories and ideas gathered by students and staff and was curated by the participants with the guidance of The Hunt Museum. Communities of Culture aims to highlight the unique culture and heritage of each Limerick Regeneration area and support groups in expressing their unique stories and contributions to the cultural landscape of Limerick. Over a number of weeks students participated in workshops, exploring themes ranging from cave art to museum interpretation, the students worked to prepare their own museum exhibition in their school.
Communication is at the heart of who we are and the relationships we build. It creates connections between people and helps us tell our story. The history of communication is very long – from the cave paintings at Altamira to contemporary technology like Skype, people have been reaching out to one another for thousands of years.
Four pop-up community exhibitions bringing together the stories, memories and cultural artefacts from each area will be launched in the autumn in local Regeneration areas and then tour to other community-based venues both within regeneration areas and Limerick City/ County during Limerick City of Culture and beyond.
The groups are from a variety of communities to ensure a wide range of perspectives and voices including young people, women, men, older people and people with disabilities. Communities of Culture also aims to create opportunities for the general public in regeneration areas to contribute to the areas exhibitions through locally-held public events. For further info please contact Sorcha O’Brien at [email protected] or call 0867951591.