Social cohesion, Participation, Inclusion through Cultural Engagement (SPICE) is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project dedicated to citizen curation of cultural heritage spanning over three years, from May 2020 to April 2023. Horizon 2020 is an EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation that provides funding to projects tackling societal challenges. The objective of SPICE is to support citizen curation through co-design with a diverse set of museums and communities.
There are five different case studies involving museums and participant groups in which codesign and evaluation of citizen curation activities will be implemented. The countries in which these case studies are being carried out are Finland, Ireland, Israel, Italy and Spain. The Irish case study is being carried out at IMMA through a collaboration with Open University.
IMMA’s case study aims to support groups who are less able to visit the museum physically, such as asylum seekers and children with serious illnesses, to access collections and share their own perspectives, both online and in the museum. Participants will be encouraged to think about universal, personal themes such as family to make interconnections across groups.
For further information on the SPICE project, contact [email protected]
Discover selected artworks from our Collection with IMMA Viewpoints. This new programme invites you to explore IMMA’s outdoor artworks on your phone while visiting the historical site of IMMA and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Here, you can learn about our outdoor Collection and share your viewpoint about various sculptures. You can also explore how others have reacted. To join the IMMA Viewpoints conversation click here.
Explore how diverse communities have interpreted artworks and exhibitions at IMMA with IMMA Deep Viewpoints. Using this web app you can view works of art through the eyes of a wide range of minoritised or under-served communities, such as Irish Travellers, migrants and people seeking asylum, young people living with lifelong illnesses, and many other groups that have traditionally lacked access to the museum. Explore community-authored selections of artworks and share your own responses here.
The Irish case study is being carried out by IMMA in collaboration with Open University.
The Open University (OU), established in 1969, is the UK’s only university dedicated to distance learning. It has around 150,000 undergraduate and more than 30,000 postgraduate students. The largest faculty within the Open University is the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), a research centre within the STEM Faculty, was set up in 1995 in recognition of the need for the Open University to be at the forefront of research and development in a convergence of areas that impacted on the OU’s very nature: Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Technologies, and Multimedia. KMi has extensive experience of creating, managing and participating in national and European research projects related to cultural heritage, semantic web, digital libraries and technology enhanced learning.
University of Bologna [Project Coordinator]
Design Museum Helsinki
GVAM Interactive Guides S.L.
CELI – Language Technology
Complutense, University of Madrid
CIRMA University of Turin
Fondazione Torino Musei
University of Haifa and Hecht Museum
Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche.