- Chisato Minamimura
- Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
- Arts Council
For Arts&Heritage’s Meeting Point 5 programme, six museums and heritage sites have been selected to work in partnership with artists to commission a new work of art inspired by each venue. As well as commissioning a new artwork which responds to their collection, each venue also receives training in best practice for working with artists.
Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology in Reading is one of these sites, who will be working with the artist Chisato Minamimura.
“I am delighted to be working with the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology as part of the Meeting Point commission. I am looking forward to approaching their displays in new sensorial and digital ways, and to collaborate with students and creatives who are local to Reading. It will be a wonderful opportunity to bring to life the objects at Ure in new and accessible ways.” – Chisato Minamimura
Amy C. Smith, Curator of the Ure Museum and Head of the Classics Department at University of Reading, said:
“Meeting Point is a great way to keep museums at the forefront of cultural activity, that is, to help ever wider audiences see the connection between contemporary creative arts and the collections of historical, archaeological and sociological information encapsulated in our museums. We are really looking forward to discover how artists might respond to different aspects of our collection.”
The Ure Museum conserves and displays art, archaeological artefacts and archives relating to the ancient Mediterranean cultures, for the purpose of research, education, and enjoyment. As part of the Classics Department at University or Reading, it supports all academic disciplines and provides free and open access to all who would benefit from its resources.
Chisato Minamimura is a Deaf performance artist, born in Japan, now based in London. Chisato has created, performed and taught internationally, including 3 years (2003-2006) as a company member of CandoCo Dance Company. She has been involved in aerial performances with Graeae Theatre Company, London’s Paralympic Opening Ceremony and Rio’s 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad. Chisato approaches choreography from her unique perspective as a Deaf artist, creating what she calls ‘visual sound/music’. Alongside international artists working in sound, projection, vibration and animation, Chisato often uses mathematical scores to create choreography, enhancing the experience of dance without music.
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