Live Friday as it happened….

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

To say that our contribution to Live Friday went without a hitch isn’t exactly true. Really, it went TOO well- we were swamped with people!

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

As we had agreed  in previous meetings, the activities we would run were based around Turner’s painting of the High Street with a ‘spot the difference’, colouring activity and a chance for people to dress up and superimpose themselves into the painting.  At the start of the evening, we were expecting quite a quiet night as were were at the furthest distance from the rest of the night’s events. We had our clothes rack set up with costumes, the tables and pencils ready for colouring and of course the painting itself. Throughout the night, Hannah, Tabitha and Maggie , all dressed in costume travelled around the Museum promoting our activities. This turned out to be a rather brilliant plan as, soon enough, we could not move for the amount of people who had come to try our activities. We may have been one of the most popular activities of the night! In the end it all turned out well and was a valuable experience for everyone involved.  Lewis

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman





Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

We were located in the gallery with the painting itself and attracted people with our ‘spot the difference’ flyers. We also had colouring in a line drawing of the painting and dressing up in costume and putting yourselves in the picture using the app Pic Collage. Our activities attracted a solid flow of people throughout the evening. We were responsible for organising and running the activities and engaging with members of the public who visited the gallery. Overall, it was a wonderful, if quite busy, experience. Anna W



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Return to Turner

There is a feel of anticipation in the air as we at The Ashmolean CREATIVES  young people’s panel work together towards  the next exciting Live Friday on 3rd March!


At this point, we have narrowed down the activities we want to run. There will be three separate activities on offer:  Add Colour to the High Street, Spot the Difference (harder than you might think!) and of course costumes to Put Yourself in the Picture. All of these will help visitors to get connected with Turner’s painting.

whole team planning1Today’s meeting was a matter of organisation,organisation and organisation. We went to the gallery to figure out the layout of the spaces we are working with. We discussed which activity should go where and started deciding who should do what. We reached some good decisions  and realised that although we have made plans  we may also have to improvise on the night.

object handling1

At the end of our session, we took some time  to handle some of the Museum’s ancient Athenian pottery from about 400BC.  It felt lighter and smoother than we thought it would. Lots of members of the group are studying history so it was fascinating to see and handle the everyday items of a forgotten age.




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Planning for Live Friday on 3rd March

7 jan 2017 planning teams 2 (2)Today we were brainstorming and planning for our very first Live Friday event on 3rd March 2017. We are creating  ideas around  JMW Turner’s paining of  The High Street,  Oxford 1810, so visited the gallery to remind ourselves of the painting.

We have been hard at work in the Education studio thinking about creative ideas, budgets, resources and how to get people involved in and enjoying our activities to discover more about the painting.

Som7 jan 2017 planning teams 1 (2)e of our favourite ideas include ‘Turner Top of the Pops’ with  popular music from Turners’ time,  Spot the Difference, and drawing activity and we hope to include some dressing up. Come and see us in action on the 3rd to see which ideas made it through to the final selection.

Stay tuned for our next blog and be come and join in at the SUPERSONIC Live Friday on 3rd March 2017.


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Shop ’til you drop…. and looking back over a busy first term

Turner with curator 1

Question a Curator

Today we were lucky to have a talk on this gorgeous Turner Painting owned by The Ashmolean- The High Street, Oxford, by JMW Turner, 1810.  Helen Cobby, acting Curator and a Turner specialist, gave us an amazing insight into the work and the circumstances around it being painted. We found out that the painting originally didn’t have any people in it and the women and people were only added for some colour- who knew?

We needed to find out all about the painting to start planning for our event on Live Friday on 3rd March next year.

Natasha, Immie & Hannah

Shop ‘ til you drop...

The Shop: In today’s meeting we got the chance to visit the shop and meet Lycia Lobo, the Ashmolean’s Commercial Manager. We found out about all of the stages that go into choosing and creating the stock in the shop for new exhibitions and the marketing process behind selecting the most popular items. Lycia told us about some of the artists the museum worked with to produce products like jewellery to accompany the exhibitions. It was a really insightful visit to show us part of the museum we wouldn’t normally see.


As part of The Ashmolean’s Youth Panel, we have participated in various activities. For the autumn term these activities included : Viewing the Power & Protection Exhibition and visiting a Live Friday to get ideas for our own plans to run an event next year on March 3rd Live Friday. We have all really enjoyed listing to talks, visiting behind the scenes and hearing about what goes on in a  Museum,


Artists at Work!

Today  our group had the pleasure of seeing 3 unique artists who had been invited to the Museum to show their skills. Rita Floyd explained her work making porcelain Chinese flowers. It was really interesting to see how the flowers which were thrown away can make a beautiful sculpture. Later on we watched Jonathan Gravil who used to work at the Wedgwood factory practising sledging a complicated, delicate and patient artform.  Finally, we visited Anthony Chaliner who recreates highly complex detailed pieces of artwork on pieces of china. All of these artists were brilliant and we really enjoyed watching them working in the galleries.

Maggie & Tabitha

Looking Back…..

This term has been a whirlwind of debating, discussing and viewing the wonders of The Ashmolean! We have seen multiple exhibitions, photoshopped ourselves into paintings, had an in depth tour around the shop and listened to extensive talks on how to run events like Live Fridays and Museums in general.

We were shown the Print Room which contains hundreds of beautiful prints which has inspired many of us to make further visits to see the prints in store.

The best part for me has been learning about all the different parts of The Ashmolean and how they all combine to create one great place!

Ellie, Anna & Ellen


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Live Friday Challenge!

This week,  we started by  discussing Live Fridays; what they are about and the types of activities that go on. Then we were set a challenge in the Egypt Galleries. We worked in groups to look at objects  and quickly come up with 3 activities about Ancient Egypt for  an imaginary Live Friday which our friends would enjoy. We came up with loads of ideas covering a range of aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture such as mummification, tomb paintings and clothing. Ideas included Egyptian dressing-up and tomb wall painting.

Mtg Sarah D

We then met Sarah Doherty, Public Engagement Assistant and  three members of the Student Creative Board. They told us what was needed at a Live Friday and about successful  activities at previous events. We worked in groups and took one of our ideas for an Egypt Live Friday and developed it further, thinking about materials needed, the space we would put it in and how much it might cost. We then presented our developed idea to the rest of the group.

Finally, we handled three ancient Egyptian objects from the collection, trying to guess their function and the materials they were made of. These included  a mirror, a bronze axe blade and a wooden stand for a miniature statue of Apis the bull.

We will be running events at Live Friday on 3rd March next year- watch this space for updates on our plans!






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