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Museums descend upon the Royal Pavilion for a national launch of a new project

PUBLISHED: 10:01 14 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:37 20 February 2013

Museums descend upon the Royal Pavilion for a national launch of a new project

Museums descend upon the Royal Pavilion for a national launch of a new project

The great and the good of the museums and arts world descended upon the Royal Pavilion for the national launch of a creative new project

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) chair Sir Andrew Motion and chief executive Roy Clare opened museumaker at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.


The museumaker scheme aims to offer new experiences for museum visitors and develop new audiences. It is supported by the MLA and its Renaissance programme, and Arts Council England.


Each of the 16 participating museums has commissioned one or more outstanding craftmakers to create intriguing new work.


The expectation is that each project will unlock the creative potential of museum collections through collaborations between the heritage and the contemporary craft sector.


The Royal Pavilions offering is A Dark Day In Paradise, an installation by Clare Twomey, made up of thousands of black ceramic butterflies.

The expectation is that each project will unlock the creative potential of museum collections through collaborations between the heritage and the contemporary craft sector.


The Royal Pavilions offering is A Dark Day In Paradise, an installation by Clare Twomey, made up of thousands of black ceramic butterflies.

Her swarm of beautiful menace in the Pavilion provides a veil of mourning, enabling visitors to reflect on the palaces past culture of hedonism, as well as inviting them to consider their own values and priorities.


Speaking at the national launch of museumaker Sir Andrew reminded guests of the significance of creativity in museums, especially in present times of economic and social pressure. As our country comes to terms with the economic deficit, we all have an opportunity to celebrate the liberating effects of culture; museums have the capacity to lift spirits and release creative energy. Clare Twomey and other makers in the museumaker programme are helping us to see collections through fresh eyes.

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