Blog: Parkland to Performance – where we are now

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Visitor to Littlehampton Museum

The process of curating our touring exhibition Parkland to Performance began in August 2014; in September 2015 this process is only now slowly coming to an end.

Our team of eight volunteer curators decided on the content of the exhibition at the end of 2014, with focus on the founding of the Theatre and the technical elements of some of CFTs notable productions. But their work was by no means over as the exhibition has visited a range of venues across Sussex and Hampshire that vary in shape and size and have different audiences. Consequently the volunteers have returned to the Theatre throughout the year to decide how to display the exhibition and what should be added or taken away in each venue.

From the start of the curation process we have documented the development of the exhibition in a number of ways including blogs on subjects such as our initial meeting and the volunteers’ experiences with the project, and also through the numerous photographs taken before, during and after the installations.

The exhibition at Midhurst Museum

We have just installed Parkland to Performance into its final venue, Littlehampton Museum where, with a couple of extra exhibits we couldn’t resist adding, it is staying until 16 October.  Over a year after the exhibition strand began  the volunteers have one last hurdle before the finish line – on 1 October 2015 at Littlehampton Library our exhibition team will give a talk about their experiences during the curatorial process and some of their favourite items from the archive that may not have made it into the exhibition. There are limited numbers of tickets, for further information please click here.

After a challenging but enjoyable development  a well-deserved congratulations and thank you is due to our exhibition curators: Angela Smith, Bella Peniston, Beryl Flemming, Chrissie Juno Mann, Fay Wilson, Janet Green, Jenny Hoggard and Margaret Todd.

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The exhibition team