Since 2021, we have been a part of British Council’s Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) initiative, a youth-led programme that explores the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia. OSCH explores new ways for heritage and cultural organisations to become better places for young people to explore identity, connect with others and have new opportunities.
As part of this unique partnership, we selected 5 interns, between the ages of 18-25, to contribute to and learn from different departments at the museum, such as events, communications, education and development.
Since the beginning of their time at MAP, our OSCH members have contributed several ideas on how a museum can appeal to younger audiences. As a result, we have been able to host a number of online and physical events, such as art colouring activities with cocktails, art trivia night at a pub, and a psychogeography workshop, which have all been successful in creating a meaningful engagement for young people not just with art but also the city of Bengaluru.
We’re delighted to share that on completion of their internship, 4 of our young interns were absorbed into the team as full-time employees, extending our partnership with the British Council till December 2023.
OSCH Photography Project
Over the next year MAP will also partner with Glasgow Life Museums – along with local creative partners – on an international project to respond to the interests cited by young people engaged in OSCH, strengthen synergies between the project partners, and explore the nature of shared histories, memories and identities between India and the UK. The project will support young people in Bengaluru and in Glasgow to develop skills around image making and storytelling, leading to thematic bodies of photographic work exploring South Asian cultural heritage as part of an international dialogue and exchange. This includes production of outcomes in both tangible exhibition forms and as digital audio-visual work for screening, and sharing online and on social media.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about the OSCH members at MAP and their journey so far.