Friday, 27 December 2013

Sun sets on ‘Out of Africa’ display at Leeds City Museum

Caption: The 'Out of Africa' display will close at Leeds City Museum on 5 January 2014.

A long-running popular display at Leeds Museum will be closing its doors for the final time in the New Year.

The ‘Out of Africa’ gallery, which has been an ever-present attraction on the first floor at Leeds City Museum since its opening in 2008, will shut on Sunday 5 January 2014, and be replaced by a new display ‘Voices of Asia’ in the spring.

With just weeks to go before ‘Out of Africa’ closes, time is running out quickly to visit the city museum and enjoy its many delights. On offer includes African ancestor sculptures, treasures from the Asante wars and fabulous textiles, crafts, masks and musical instruments.

An interactive digital mask game is also available, along with three films to watch that include; Cewa Masquerade in Malawi, the Mighty Zulu Nation troupe in Leeds and a djembe drumming lesson from Senegambian drummer Lamin Jassey, who now lives in the city.

Photographs by children from the Ruhanga village project in Uganda, and two batik art pieces by local Nigerian-born artist Oluseyi Ogunjobi are also available to view.

The ‘Voices of Asia’ display is set to open at Leeds City Museum in the spring of 2014. Exhibits from ‘Out of Africa’ will be moved to the city’s Museum Discovery Centre once the display is closed, where items can be viewed by appointment.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"With just over a week left before ‘Out of Africa’ closes, I would urge anyone who has to yet to see this fantastic display at Leeds City Museum to pay a visit before January 5.

"There really is a lot to see, from African textiles and crafts to musical instruments, photographs and films that celebrate this wonderful continent.

"While it is sad that after such a long run ‘Out of Africa’ is closing, the great news is that we are replacing it with a new display ‘Voices of Asia’, which like its predecessor, promises to be absolutely fantastic."

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Museum – Entrance is free

Monday closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm),
Tues, Wed and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun
11am-5pm.
www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum
Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH
Tel: 0113 2243732. Email: city.museum@leeds.gov.uk

Exhibits from ‘Out of Africa’ will be moved to the city’s Museum Discovery Centre once the display is closed, where items can be viewed by appointment.

Time is also running out to enter the world of former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne, as part of his exhibition ‘Through the Magic Mirror’ at Leeds City Museum, which will close on Sunday January 12 2014.

Leeds Discovery Centre - FREE
Home to a million wonders, Leeds Museums Discovery Centre cares for the city’s collections.
Visits are by appointment Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Closed on bank
holidays. www.leeds.gov.uk/discoverycentre
Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB.
Tel: 0113 378 2100. Email: discovery.centre@leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk