Education programmes of "Jerusalem Lives" exhibition

The Palestinian Museum presents five new education programmes on the occasion of its inaugural exhibition, JERUSALEM LIVES. A key component is engaging and encouraging the audience to rethink their active role as individuals in the making of the city. These programmes aim to spark the imagination and critical thinking of the participants, inviting them to express themselves both poetically and aesthetically. Participants will not only interact with the central exhibition and the commissioned site specific outdoor artworks, they will also develop productions of their own making that reflect their aspirations for a better future in Jerusalem. Read more

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Training programme in the art media and writing about visual art and culture

The Palestinian Museum, in partnership with the A.M. Qattan Foundation, the Arab Culture Association, Riwaq, the International Academy of Art Palestine and the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center organised a training programme on developing skills in relation to the art media and writing about visual art and culture. Led by the writer Adania Shibli, the programme also included a selection of renowned writers, journalists, critics, curators, artists and researchers in visual art and culture both inside and outside Palestine. The programme discussed critical articles concentrating on selected artworks, with the aim of providing the press and the media with some in-depth critical input about visual art and culture.

Adania Shibli (b. 1974, Palestine) has published several novels and narrative articles since 1996. She was awarded the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Writer Award in Palestine in 2001 and 2003. Her latest publication is the novel “Tafseel Thanawi”, published by Dar Al-Adab in 2016. Shibli received her PhD from the School of Human and Social Sciences at the University of East London in 2009 and now works in education and academic research.


Digital Archives: Visual and Auditory archives (9-7 September 2015)

This workshop, led by international expert Bashar Shamout, focused on enhancing understandings of the value and purpose of the archive, as well as honing in more closely on the technical skills required to build and maintain a digital archive, and the standards that must be met in doing so. Participants spent time viewing and listening to various artifacts of Palestinian cultural heritage, and discussed what must be done locally to establish archives capable of preserving our cultural and historical heritage.
Environmental Sustainability: Environmentally Friendly Practice (19 March 2015)

This workshop’s aim was to present different possibilities for reusing waste materials innovatively, and was run in collaboration with a group of cultural, educational and environmental institutions with prior experience in this area. The workshop was led by German coach Nina Bitsche, an artist specialising in waste recycling. The Museum, which is the first certified Green Building in Palestine, organised the workshop as part of its commitment to fostering a culture of environmental sustainability.

Children’s Painting Workshops with Iraqi Artist Athir Musawi (22 November 2014)

In celebration of the National Children’s Day, the Palestinian Museum organised this special workshop as part of the ‘Science Days’ activities, bringing in Iraqi artist Athir Musawi to work with 100 children from various local districts. The first workshop, which was held in the Al-Bireh cultural centre, encouraged children to produce paintings inspired by the exhibition ‘Never-Part’, while the second, held in the Khawaja castle in Nil’in, brought the children together to produce a mural of a cactus plant.

Working with Children (24-25 October 2014)

Organised as part of the Qalandiya International Festival for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the directorate for education in Ramallah and Al-Bireh, this workshop aimed to introduce elementary school students to the museum experience within Palestine, and to allow them to explore the concept of museums more directly and practically. It was held in the ‘Baladna’ cultural centre in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Introduction to Palestinian Museums’.

Producing an Exhibition (9-10 December 2014)

This workshop was led by visual artist and artistic producer Yazan Al-Khalily. Yazan presented technical foundations of the artistic production process which requires a hands-on approach to artistic work in order to address actual practicalities of its production. The artist looked at “Video Art” pieces and analysed their presentation techniques, from the required equipment, to installation/assemblage methods, to eventually presenting the artistic work in its final form. The workshop also highlighted the topic of finding suitable location and measurements for prese nting artistic work, and featured a detailed explanation of such aspects of visual presentations as light projections and animation. Several field visits were organised to allow the participants to familiarise themselves with presentation and printing methods, as well as providing critique.

Museums and Education, Museum Education for the Youth (24-25 September 2014)

This workshop discussed the concept of Museum Education and the importnce of addressing youth interests and needs. It focused on educational resources available in museums and ways of linking museum experience with everyday life, as well as the role of youth as main participants in this experience. A discussion was held on mechanisms of change applied to current stereotypes that see museums solely as places for collecting old pieces, aiming to replace these with a different image of a museum as a free and open space for exploration and re-interpretation. The workshop was presented by German expert Julia Hagenberg, Director of the Educational Unit at the Rhine and Westphalia Museum.

Collectibles Management (9-10 June 2014)

This workshop discussed the general rules of documentation and management of collectibles. Its primary focus was ethnographic pieces and methods of documenting them, as well as ways to strategically expand museum collections. Introduced as part of training were also applied methods of documenting, displaying and storing contemporary artistic collections. The workshop was presented by German experts Birgit Suk (New Museum of Nuremberg) and Tobias Mörike (Dresden State Art Collections).

Ways of Storing Photo Archives and how to Deal with Them ( 29June 2014)

This workshop was organised for museum audience and researchers on the occasion of the International Museum Day. It was presented by French expert Serge Nègre, founder of the Arthur Batut Museum in Labruguière, France, who shared his knowledge and expertise on preserving old glass panels and protecting both old and new photographic images from the impact of sunlight.