The voices of young people from Carlisle have come together to create an exciting new pop-up exhibition at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

The ‘Reimagining Hope Street’ exhibition is open now!

Tullie House have been working with a group of fantastic young people to research local stories, give them their own imaginative spin. The exhibition focuses on 13 characters who represent the everyday people of Carlisle, who may have once walked across the cobbled road of Fisher Street. The group were inspired by finding evidence of the history of the buildings, infusing their own hopes and interests.

Each character has been illustrated by a young artist, Elliot Wilkins.

‘This was an incredible opportunity for me to experience what it's like to work commercially and as a young artist, it was incredibly beneficial.’

‘Reimagining Hope Street’ is the first project within a wider 5-year Hope Streets programme that is being led by cultural arts charity Curious Minds, supported by Museum Development North West, Blaze Arts, Youth Focus North West and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The programme’s aim is to transform the way museums work with young people and involve them in programming and decision making to create museums that match the needs and aspirations of young people in the twenty first century.

Project lead Lindsey Atkinson (Community and Young people Co-ordinator, Tullie House) says: ‘This project is unique because we’re being encouraged to involve young people in every decision and in every step of the process which is how it should be done. Everybody should get the opportunity to create their own opportunities for exploring the arts and heritage, and to define their own culture. Our next project is planning a festival for July 2020, which will be completely produced by people aged 11-25.’

The pop-up exhibition will close on 7th July 2019.