The Museum’s remarkable collection is a rich source of inspiration source for both artists and audiences who make their own work in response. The collection provides the stimulus for a dynamic programme of artist-led projects, engaging new audiences in a creative process that re-interprets and animates the themes of childhood.
The sense of pride shown through participating in a significant exhibition viewed by thousands is enormous. The prominence of the Front Room Gallery ensures that the important work produced through the community strategy continues to be enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.The Museum was redeveloped in 2006 and during this phase of development a major commitment to access and audience development was made, which resulted in the building of a community workshop and designated gallery in the Museum. Today, the Museum’s front extension houses the Front Room Gallery, a prominent and unique gallery space dedicated to showcasing the work produced through the community programme. Themed exhibitions combine the work of emerging and established artists and designers, and local children and adults are invited to create inventive responses in artist-led sessions. Participants in each exhibition vary with each theme; from mothers and toddlers to primary and secondary school children, higher education students to elders groups.