Things of the Least:
lively exhibition-making through the material encounters of under-3s
Things of the Least will create a series of gallery and live public experiences to stimulate the connection between artefacts and everyday life. The project aims to explore how very young children interact with the physical world, allowing children’s priorities to challenge powerful ideas about what’s valuable, who should see it and how it should be seen.
This project is the result of a collaboration between Manchester Art Gallery, ManMet, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and Sure Start. It looks at how young children can use their imaginations to animate collections. It addresses the lack of experimentation in exhibition making and curation with under 3, as well as reaching out to audiences who don’t usually interact with galleries, libraries, archives and museums. It also helps families and early childhood communities already working with Manchester Art Gallery to get more involved and brings together museum, early childhood education and art to create new ways to decolonise museology.