Museum of London youth panel commissions Olly Gibbs to work on Roman exhibition

As the Museum of London awaits an overhaul of its Roman Galleries – a project expected to take some years – its youth panel, Junction, will oversee the gallery’s short term curation.

Identity and illustration by Olly Gibbs
Identity and illustration by Olly Gibbs

This will culminate in Our Londinium 2012, opening in June as part of the Arts Council supported Cultural Olympiad Programme Stories of the World.

Junction, has already appointed illustrator Olly Gibbs to make the exhibition identity and the look of the exhibition.

illustration by Olly Gibbs
illustration by Olly Gibbs

The exhibition will draw parallels between London and Roman London, (Londinium) exploring them through objects from the museum’s collection, text panels and commissioned artworks.

Gibbs’ has honed a detailed doodling and patterning style, which has been adapted here so that the designs are set within Roman or modern objects. 

illustration by Olly Gibbs
illustration by Olly Gibbs

The museum has worked with Junction, which is made up of 50 people aged 16-21, to determine the curation of the spaces – the first time it has collaborated on archaeological display.

Other works for Our Londinium 2012 have been developed through community projects from the museum’s partner organisations which include a pupil referral unit, an adolescent mental health unit, an organisation that works with unemployed young people and a young offenders institute.

illustration by Olly Gibbs
illustration by Olly Gibbs

Our Londinium 2012 opens on 22 June at The Museum of London, 150 London Wall,  London EC2Y

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