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The fascination of the Museum Collection
Photographer, Theo Deproost, talks about the hidden gems within the Museum collection.
Photographer, Theo Deproost, has recently had his work selected for the prestigious PDN Photo Annual 2018. Here he talks about his current project with the Museum.
I have always been fascinated by natural history and have fond memories of visiting Stroud Museum as a child, when it was still based in Lansdown. As an adult, I have become more and more intrigued by the fact that the full collections of any museum are so much larger and more eclectic than the comparatively small selection of items that are on display to the public at any one time. I decided that a photographic project based around the 'hidden' items in a museum's stores could be incredibly compelling, both visually and educationally; I think many people are unaware of the work that goes on behind the scenes in a museum and the huge value of a well maintained and varied archive.
I approached The Museum In The Park with my project proposal in early 2017 and was delighted when they agreed to collaborate with me. After a few months of planning and exploring the museum stores, which made me feel like a child in a toy shop, I began shooting the project in December 2017. The culmination of this collaborative project will be an exhibition in Gallery One of the museum in 2020, with the aim of sharing the secrets, the weird and wonderful and the hidden gems of the museum stores with the public.
Even at this early stage, the project is beginning to garner real interest in the photographic world, with six images already being selected for the PDN Photo Annual 2018, a high profile, international competition, based in New York.
To view Theo's selected work for the PDN Photo Annual 2018 click here.
To view the general winners page, click here.
Photograph - example of work by Theo Deproost. Copyright Theo Deproost.
Meet the Curator events this August
Take a journey to the Museum this August and get up close to the collection!
Accredited Museum launches summer programme
Eight brilliant free and low-priced activities to enjoy this summer at Stroud Museum in the Park.
The first Stroud Shakespeare Festival
Get ready to enjoy the first Stroud Shakespeare Festival from 31st May - 2nd June 2018!
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