Charlie Barkus joined the Jeff Koons Collaborative during his final year of his undergraduate degree. The group was initiated to accompany the ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Young people and students in the area were tasked with creating events to accompany the exhibition, with the aim of making the work accessible for other young people.
The Young Norfolk Arts Festival described the Collaborative as 'an extraordinary group of eleven young people from local schools, colleges and universities, committed to organising and delivering events to accompany Norwich Castle’s Jeff Koons exhibition [...] the Koons Collaborative produce immersive experiences and resources inspired by the themes in Koons’ work, for Museums at Night (16 May 2015) and the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. Norwich Castle has given the Collaborative intensive professional training in all aspects of event management including marketing, publicity, curation, design, budgeting, social media, and visitor services, in order for them to become event-planning experts and significantly enhance their employability prospects.'
The photographs show the Museums at Night events organised and instigated by the Collaborative as well as the Collaborative's float for the Lord Mayors Procession, in which the group won the runner's up prize.