CultureLab, an exciting new exhibition exploring cultural stereotypes, has opened at the Ulster Museum – with the tagline: Don't Believe the Stereotype.
The exhibition takes a playfully provocative approach, and includes the famous Differences blackboard from the hit TV series Derry Girls, which goes on public display for the first time.
The exhibition is part of Making the Future, a cross border cultural heritage programme from National Museums NI, Nerve Centre, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and Linen Hall Library, funded through the PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Exploring Cultural Stereotypes
The Derry Girls blackboard sits alongside a new interactive Religious Stereotype Calculator installation, inspired by the iconic prop, that will test visitors' preconceptions and challenge traditional stereotypes.
Objects from National Museums NI collections on display intend to offer a glimpse into how identities have been, and continue to be, shaped in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Visitors will also interact with the stories of real people across Northern Ireland and border counties, collected from participants of Making the Future engagement programmes and brought to life through animations by BAFTA nominated artist John McCloskey.
The CultureLab exhibition has been designed to explore the cultural state-of-play in Northern Ireland, challenge stereotypes and ask new questions," she said. "It has been fantastic for National Museums NI to be a part of the Making the Future project which is helping to empower people to explore the past and create a powerful vision for future change.”
Kathryn Thomson, CEO of National Museums NI
CultureLab opens until November 202. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events and talks. Admission is free.
For more information visit: www.makingthefuture.eu