My name is Jade Mulholland and I am the Museums and Galleries Scotland (MGS) intern at GoMA.
I first heard about the position offered by MGS through their Skills for Success Programme at LGBT Youth Scotland. The youth worker informed our group of the opportunity to be curatorial trainee intern working on queer timɘs school prints (qtsp) at GoMA, a commission with the artist Jason E Bowman. This caught my attention due to my past interest in museum work, especially relating to LGBTQ+ issues. Two essay questions, a video submission and two interviews later I was all set to join the GoMA team in September 2018.
When I accepted the post Katie Bruce, the Producer Curator at GoMA, informed me of the queer timɘs school sessions that were coming up in July 2018. Excited to participate in this very unique opportunity I decided to join. Thus, as well as being the MGS Intern for the next year, I also became one of the core participants in the queer timɘs school process, attending the 6 days of assemblies and deliberations that helped decide the themes that would inform the artist commissioning process.
September through to December was my baptism by fire, in at the deep end of an exhibition process snowballing towards its launch. During my first couple of months I was given my primary responsibilities for the qtsp exhibition: Gathering books and resources for the qtsp library and organising the loans for our display case that would be present through the exhibition with three content rotations, learning the processes on the job with support from Katie – my supervisor.
Between queer timɘs work my internship has offered a lot of excellent training days to further my understanding of the Museums sector. This is in addition to many other opportunities offered to me through Glasgow Museums, including helping curators and the Conservation Manager with the documentation and cataloging of a new acquisition, access to the Curatorial Forums and various awareness training sessions.
My work gathering items for the display case has highlighted to me the need for contemporary collecting of ephemera and the importance of having it available, especially within the LGBTQ+ community. Due to this I have been doing a thorough documentation of the queer timɘs school process and proposed work with LGBT Youth Scotland’s group TYG (Trans Youth Glasgow) to help them make a group handling kit and archive to preserve items from the history of their very important and rapidly expanding group.
Over the next few months I will be doing tours around Gallery 3 of the queer timɘs school prints exhibition, as well as offering various workshops throughout the run of the exhibition, Including Zine Making, Badge Making, and Clothes Customisation workshops. The first is next week on Thursday 13 December and you can book a free place for that on Eventbrite .
Jade Mulholland, Museums Galleries Scotland Intern (September 2018 – September 2019)