My thesis focused on observing and improving methods of community co-creation within museum exhibitions. Community co-creation is a concept fairly new to museology, which involves museum exhibition designers working alongside members of the community to create exhibitions which are equally influenced and owned by both the staff/experts and the community members involved.
I created two exhibitions for display at the Otago Museum, and Toi Tu, with diverse local communities. Through the development these exhibitions, I investigated how the involved community members viewed the process of co-creation, and identified areas which need improvement for co-creation in a museum space.
You can hear Ali talk bit about her work in this videohttps://vimeo.com/143950768