The Museum of Contemporary Farming is an impossible project.
It is manifested by its curator Georgina Barney, invited guests and the public through conversations, ideas and artworks.
During the research programme ‘Making, Using, Enjoying' at the Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL), Georgina worked with artist and farmer Kate Genever who proposed that the quality of ‘improvisation’ should go in the Museum of Contemporary Farming, and created a series of 'scratch drawings’ showing the improvised use of sticks on her farm. Proposals for The Museum of Contemporary Farming were also sought by Georgina and Kate on Twitter.
In a public exhibition concluding the research period, Kate Genever’s drawings were installed alongside complementary artefacts in the stores of the MERL. Selected Twitter proposals were printed and hung behind historic paintings from the collection.