Items at University College London Qatar’s ‘Backstage’ exhibition.
DOHA: As part of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture celebrations, an exhibition by University College London Qatar (UCL Qatar), Backstage, explores the work that goes on behind the scenes in a museum.
Students of the Museum and Gallery Practice Master’s degree programme at UCL Qatar have curated an exhibition to run at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) from May 1 to June 2.
Utilising stunning examples of Iznik pottery from the Museum of Islamic Art’s collections, the exhibition conveys the work of archaeologists, conservators and curators, disciplines that are unfamiliar to many museum goers.
The exhibition reveals how experts in these disciplines help to understand objects in museum collections and how they influence the way in which objects are displayed and interpreted.
The exhibition will foster enthusiasm for museums and encourage a younger generation to develop a career in this area.
Each UCL Qatar student will fulfil a key role of a museum professional to develop the project. Fifteen students from Qatar, UK, Jordan, Greece, Germany and Pakistan have worked together developing the exhibition from the initial concept through design and implementation stages.
Efstathios Doganis, student on the UCL Qatar programme said: “The process of curating this exhibition, where each student on the course has had to take on a different role, from marketing or outreach to production and design, has been challenging, but equally enjoyable and a fantastic learning experience. We hope the public will come along to see the finished product.”
A suite of associated activities will be available for all visitors.