Helen Pike

Public Programmer, UCL Culture - The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (United Kingdom)

I have been at UCL for 5 years developing a new and innovative public programme at the Petrie Museum using both the Petrie collection and developing links with other Museums and collections based at UCL. I have worked with researchers artists and drama students and challenged the way both research at UCL and the collections can be deployed to enage audiences in more involved and democratic ways. I am also a course director for GEM (The Voice for Heritage Learning) delivering continued professional development on working with artists in heritage settings. I have also recently been selected and taken part in the Museum Association Transformers programme for the influence strand. Prior to my current post I have worked over the years with a number of large and smaller arts and cultural institutions to develop and foster community initiatives in partnership with other organisations including the British Film Institute, Hidden Art, The Royal Parks, Space Artists Studios, V&A Museum of Childhood and the National Federation of Artists' Studio Providers.

Curses! How ancient Egyptian cursing has relevance today !

The workshop would look at a recent installation event that took place at The Petrie Museum in partnership with Bompas & Parr offering participants an immersive experience in the form of an audio guide tour of the musuem looking at the ancient Egyptian ways of cursing and drawing on different voices and interpretations what relevance this has today. The tour ends with an immersive curse experience prompting particpants to consider the role of cursing today in current light of world political events and the rise in superstition amongst the population. The workshop would contain practical elements to offer a feel and understanding of the installation as well as the practical how to and rationale behind the project.

Benefits for the participants

Offers a new take on the audio guide and how to collaborate with artists and other creatives to reboot a familiar format to reveal new ideas and concepts generating from a collection.

Format of the workshop

A practical introduction to the installation followed by discussion and conversation on the experience.Then a how to and a break down of the process employed - with a more candid take on the good and the bad aspects: what to learn from and takeaway. Session ends with a brainstorm on how you might use in own setting with collection or hertiage site - a group exercise to generate ideas followed a feedback from each group on their ideas, thoughts and musings with group.