During Reading University’s Tate Exchange Becca and I volunteered with the PurpleSTARS team on the 24th and 26th of January. PurpleStars is an organisation which uses sensory and digital media to create alternative interpretations of museum collections. Their aim is to transform museum experiences and make them more inclusive.
We helped Kate and the tea with their pop-exhibition that was influenced by the Kabakov’s installation: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away. Groups were invited to bring an item to the exhibition and to create a sensory postcard about it, using a table with different scents and feels and recording a sound onto the postcard. Each visitor was then invited to record a story about their postcard and hang it in the exhibition. More can be read about it here:
This was a really fun and rewarding project and it was great to see the public engaging so enthusiastically with the PurpleSTARS team. I hope to be more involved in future projects with PurpleSTARS as I think it can make a significant difference in making a more fun and inclusive environment in museums.