Outset Contemporary Art Fund has launched a three-year partnership with law firm Mishcon de Reya that will directly support the continuation of the trailblaizing exhibition tours delivered by 13-19 year olds at The Photographers’ Gallery and across three partner venues from 2017-2020 including: The Wallace Collection, The Hornimam Museum & Gardens and Royal Museums Greenwich.
The Outset Teen Tours supported by Mishcon de Reya is an educational programme designed to empower young people and inform audiences with fresh perspectives on museum exhibitions. Young speakers are supported to research and deliver twenty-minute tours of exhibitions, giving them an opportunity to develop their critical thinking and public speaking skills. Exhibition audiences have the opportunity to learn from a young perspective and gain valuable insight into art or artefacts on view.
Each young participant receives one-to-one mentoring sessions over a period of 6 weeks that help them to form their own ideas about the exhibition, prepare and deliver their tour, and receive feedback and further suggestions by museum curators. The programme involves young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to speak in public or attend museum exhibitions, while increasing their confidence and public speaking skills.
The Outset Teen Tours are delivered to a public audience on a Saturday afternoon. The tour is free for the public to attend and the speaker receives a fee for their talk as well as a complimentary, one-year Young Membership at the museum. In addition, all speakers are invited to participate in a designated public speaking workshop with lawyers of Mishcon de Reya.
The programme was launched by The Photographers’ Gallery in 2005 and supported by Outset since 2014. Speakers for some of the tours at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2017-18 were selected through outreach by the Education Facilitator at local charity Holborn Community Association.