We are all about making previously ignored or erased lives visible – the sections of society that have been left out of traditional museum narratives.
We work with local people to creatively explore collections of objects that belong to ordinary people – diaries, documents, love letters photographs and more.
The results of this practice become the exhibits and installations displayed in our ‘pop-up’ museum. Revealing the power and ability of objects to tell ordinary people's stories. We are all about making visible previously ignored or erased lives – the sections of society that have been left out of traditional museum narratives.
Our first pop-up museum took place at The Spire during the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2018, where we won the Brighton Fringe Visual Arts Award in Association with HOUSE and AOH.
Next up we created MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS, which took place at the Jubilee Library in Brighton and ran throughout December 2018, with free admission during normal library opening hours. MINI MOOP gathered objects from the public that represented people’s feelings towards and experiences of Christmas, captured Brighton Christmas traditions and told stories about Brightonians that had links to Christmas.
Then we ran a series of events throughout the Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2019 called MOOP: STORIES at the Phoenix Brighton.
MOOP returned to delve deeper into the exhibitions of our award-winning museum in 2018.
We invited audiences to spend an evening learning more about the real people’s stories behind these exhibitions, as the artists behind them re-imagined their pieces in a live, ephemeral format – be it a video installation, a talk or a performance.
Each evening we had a different theme that tied the pieces together: FOUND, CONNECTED and LEGACY.
Together we discovered the journey that each participant went on to create their exhibition. How it felt to be telling someone else’s story through artefacts, documents and objects, and presenting the collection within the Museum of Ordinary People.