Welcome to Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: A World Collection, a friendly new gallery full to bursting with ordinary and extraordinary objects from around the world. The exhibition is built on a foundation of shared experiences that are common to people across the world and these values, emotions and actions have shaped and informed every step of the project.
The room is arranged into seven zones entitled Consume, Believe, Create, Conflict, Furnish, Adorn and Communicate. Each of objects you’ll experience has a history of human connection, having been crafted, used, loved, lost, stolen, collected, stored or hidden and now displayed with the greatest of respect. They connect to historic events full of horror, joy and everything in between.
From talking drums and wooden pillows, to terrible weapons designed to torture enslaved workers. Each zone will offer both comfort and discomfort and we challenge you to not find something that captivates your head and heart.
Thousands of people worked closely with us to co-produce this stunning display of 1400 objects. We are indebted to everyone who offered their time, energy, skill, honesty and knowledge. The people on the streets of Derby, the co-production volunteers and new friends across the globe who have cleaned, photographed, researched, interpreted and displayed this important collection of objects. It is through being open with each other that we can fully connect.
We invite you to explore and admire the objects and to take time to talk with other visitors in the gallery to discover new perspectives and different points of view. One person’s object of comfort will symbolise oppression to someone else; find out what people think and why. Come and see the completed gallery and participate at the end of November.
With thanks to our friends at V21 ARTSPACE you can explore a retrospective tour of the gallery in its development phase below.
What can I see?
Hands On Histories
A set of seven suitcases cases, full of incredible objects to hold and explore, will pop up in the gallery. The objects they contain are not replicas; they’re the real deal! Friendly co-production volunteers will share their story of the gallery and support you in your quest to learn, experience and encounter.
A charismatic telephone
Pick up our friendly telephone full of welcome messages. We’ve recorded greetings in a variety of languages that the kind people of Derby have left for visitors to the gallery. #CityofSantuary
Some of the objects you’ll see in the gallery headed out onto the streets of Derby with us in a quest to connect with as many people as we could. Historic combs visited barber shops and shoes headed into shoe shops.
Click here to check out the interactive map that documents some of those object walks and the people we met along the way.
What can I do?
Objects of Love
Share a photograph of something you wouldn’t be without; a belonging that symbolises love to you or something that you keep close to your heart. Tweet it to @DMWorldCulture with the tag #objectsoflove and it will appear on the digital collection of love in the gallery.
Experience a compelling soundscape that drifts and swirls around the gallery. The music was co-produced by talented composer Poetical Machine and contains recordings of visitors playing the historic instruments you see on display. There’s plenty of space to dance too!
Reflect and respond
This vibrant gallery has been created with people for people. The space is yours and we hope that you’ll find time to relax, react, discuss and respond while you’re here. The book shelves contain reading material and a set of trails designed by co-production volunteers. Leave your thoughts about the objects and themes that matter to you. Take time to talk with someone new.
Share your responses on Twitter @DMWorldCulture.
What can I learn?
Learn about the objects from around the world and how they came to be in Derby Museums.
Understand how these amazing object appeal to the diverse and interesting people living in and visiting Derby.
Learn about each other and how to use the space as a friendly community gallery.
Come and see!
Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: A World Collection
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