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DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin 18 May 2020

Below is a link to download the latest PDF coronavirus bulletin from DCMS for the museums and galleries sector, containing links to government information. including: The Government’s roadmap taskforces The extension to the Job Retention Scheme (furloughing) Guidance on working safely during coronavirus Arts Council England’s fund for National Portfolio Organisations closes for applications on Tuesday ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Errol Francis, Artistic Director and Curator of Heritage Programmes

When asked to write a provocation about how museums should respond to the Covid-19 crisis, I had to ask myself this question: ‘Even though I miss going to museums and galleries, how much do we really need – or what do we need from – art and heritage in a situation like this?’  ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Thanh Sinden, Museum Detox

We know that the impact of Covid-19 on the sector is huge, and that we face a lot of unknowns in the months ahead. Inequality that existed across class, ethnicity, gender, disability and age before is now further compounded by the health crisis and accompanying economic fallout. The commitment of ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Becki Morris, Director, Disability Collaborative Network (DCN)

Everyone has their part to play within intersectional inclusive practice.  It is a choice to be inclusive.  Becoming inclusive as a museum is about understanding what causes barriers and why, and we can do that through collaboration and information sharing.  Collaboration then allows us to identify and plan how these ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Yanyue Yuan, Assistant Arts Professor, NYU Shanghai

How does limited physical access to museum collections prompt us to reflect on the social nature of museums and rethink the unique value museums can create? ‘Look at that grimacing face in the painting, mum! I can use it as an emoji!’;  ‘Can you imagine sitting on that chair?!  It’s so ...
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IMD Think Piece by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

One of the immediate needs during the recent closure of museums worldwide has been for digital platforms to stay connected with our audiences. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, launched Mori Art Museum DIGITAL, which will continue to evolve and develop after reopening.  While traditionally digital platforms have been considered more or ...
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IMD Think Piece by Siddhant Shah, Museum Accessibility Expert and Founder, AccessForALL.co

In some way, COVID has become a unique common factor for all of us globally.  In times of isolation and lockdowns, it has brought us closer as ‘humans’ in ways more than one.  This is a brilliant opportunity for museums to become more accessible and inclusive in multiple ways; to ...
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IMD Think Piece by İlkay Baliç, Director of Communications, Arter, Istanbul

During the first weeks of lockdown, we all witnessed an abundance of digital content streaming into our living rooms.  Most cultural institutions and entertainment companies seemed to direct their attention towards this privileged, mostly white-collar minority, who were able to work safely from home.  As the quarantine progressed, social inequality ...
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IMD Think Piece by Joyoti Roy, Head of Strategy and Marketing, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai, India

Nature is the ideal model of diversity.  To best understand this, we need to look into a garden that grows on its own, wildly.  Contrarily, when cash crops were introduced in India for higher productivity and material returns, most Indian fields lost their natural fertility.  As a result, fertilizers were ...
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IMD Think Piece by Dominika Jagiełło, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

How many hours and days have we remained in this situation called ‘current’?  We work from home; we create an institution from home.  We can join meetings wherever we are, regardless of wide dispersion.  It doesn’t matter in what part of the world you are, probably this place is a ...
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