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The Museum is Where the People Are – vote for us now

By Jenny M Wedgbury, on 29 April 2015

PURE EVIL - Roberto Rossellini's Nighmare

Roberto Rossellini’s Nightmare, Pure Evil

VOTE NOW http://bit.ly/connectpureevil

Old master prints, drawings of flayed bodies, mysterious things in glass jars, extinct animal skeletons, glittery minerals and rocks, amulets and charms from ancient Egypt: UCL Museums and Collections are a treasure trove of the awe inspiring and unusual. But we don’t just think of ourselves as being a collection of objects fixed to one space and place, we believe that the Museum is where the people are and we want to take the spirit of our collections off site for the Museums at Night event on 30 and 31 October.

We’d like to like to work with artist Pure Evil to run a unique 2 day residency in Stratford ‘The Museum is Where the People Are’. The event is part of Connect! an initiative by Culture 24. Selected artists chose four museums or organisations they’d like to work with and then it’s down to the public to vote for which one wins. Pure Evil has picked us as one of the lucky four. We think he’d have a lot of fun working with our strange and wonderful collections.

Pure Evil is an artist based in East London. He runs a street art and graffiti gallery featuring shows and projects by London and International artists. Pure Evil’s art is heavily inspired by skate culture and graffiti artists from the west coast but also from London and the East End.

We’d like to invite Pure Evil to a temporary outdoor space in Stratford to work with us on this exciting project for Museums at Night.  In collaboration with community groups and a range of partners we intend to explore and discuss the changes that are taking place in Stratford and Newham by sharing stories and ideas through street art, using our collections as inspiration but creating new stories with this immersive and interactive art form. This event is part of a programme of engagement activities we’re doing in Stratford, ahead of our plans to build a new campus and museum on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


We’d love to work with Pure Evil on this and you can help make that happen. It’s all down to a public vote now so if you want to see this exciting project realised please vote for us now from Friday 1 May at http://bit.ly/connectpureevil.

Please also share the call out to vote for us on Twitter @UCLmuseums and UCL Museums and Collections Facebook.

UCL is home to three museums: the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and the UCL Art Museum. We also have a number of teaching and learning collections. For more information about what we offer please visit the UCL Museums and Collections website.

Thanks so much for your help. We’ll let you know if we’re successful.

VOTE NOW http://bit.ly/connectpureevil

Jenny Wedgbury is Learning and Access Officer for the UCL Art Museum

One Response to “The Museum is Where the People Are – vote for us now”

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    Rossella wrote on 3 May 2015:

    I vote for the venue at the the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park because in my opinion this is the best location for a Halloween event, and also because I support the idea of developing East End where I (partly) live.

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