These Things Matter

A collaborative touring exhibition of objects related to empire and slavery exploring how these are viewed in the twenty-first Century.

Resistance and Transformation

Project Overview

These Things Matter, a partnership between Museum of Colour, Bodleian Libraries and Fusion Arts, aims to put tugether a small exhibition through a collaborative process featuring six objects relatoing to slavery and empire, and six contemporary responses created by artists.

In October and November 2021, community members were facilitated by curators and researchers from the Bodleian Libraries and Museum of Colour to choose objects that would form the foundation of this exhibition and the subjects of this artistic commission. Participants were encouraged to engage with the material, ask questions, discuss and then decide. The objects and items chosen by participants through this series of workshops are to be used for inspiration for the exhibition: to make small shifts in decision making power and explore how it feels for all involved.

The exhibition will open at the Bodleian Library in Oxford in November 2022. It’s also expected to tour small libraries and museums across the UK throughout 2023 and 2024.