The following taught sessions are offered for KS3 students:
Museum of Me (60 minutes)
What is the role of museums in society? How should museums use objects to represent other cultures? How do objects help construct and display identity? These are some of the questions that frame this cross-cultural gallery-taught session, which combines critical thinking, self-reflection, discussion, looking and object handling activities.
Benin (60 minutes)
This discussion-based session explores the ethics of modern museums. Using the Benin objects on display at MAA, students will consider problems with the representation of cultures, the history of colonial collecting practices and current issues with repatriation. Students are encouraged to bring their smart phones to this session for a gallery-based activity.
Non-Western Art (90 minutes, self-led)
Discover the cultural and historical heritage of Non Western societies through outstanding examples of sculptures, containers, textiles, tools, weapons, metalwork, jewellery and adornment. Develop new ideas, values and aesthetic insights that differ from those in Western culture and uncover the key role the arts have played in the daily life of non-western cultures.