Free members-only webinar: Community Engagement: Inspiring Engagement, 24 Nov, 10:00 GMT

Join British Council in partnership with ICOM UK and Museums Association for a new series of live online conversations for leading museum and gallery professionals in the UK and around the world to connect and share experiences in the current context of Covid-19.

Community Engagement: Inspiring Engagement Webinar

Tuesday 24 November, 10 am UK GMT (Greenwich Meantime)

We are pleased to continue this series with a session titled “Community Engagement: Inspiring Engagement”. This event is hosted by Dhikshana Turakhia Pering, Head of Engagement & Skills, Somerset House, London, who will be in conversation with Arta Agani, Professor of Typography at Akademia Evolucion for Communication Design and Director, National Gallery of Kosovo, Aug 2016 – Aug 2020, Kamini Sawhney, Director, Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bangalore, India and Nia Williams, Director of Learning & Engagement, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales.

This discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Together, the panellists will explore the following:

“Cultural rights and democratic participation are the future of our museums. With the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, 2020 has reshaped the way we connect to our audiences – what can we learn from this and how can we work together better with our communities?

What working examples can be shared to demonstrate how community engagement looks different in other countries and how can we go from mission statement to practice?”

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This session will have Closed Captioning and a British Sign Language interpreter. The session will also be recorded and a full transcript available following the event.

Live captioning/Claire Hill, speech-to-text reporter

British Sign Language/Catherine King, interpreter (BSL/English)

Please contact if you have any access requirements or other queries.


Dhikshana Turakhia Pering has been the Head of Engagement & Skills at Somerset House since January 2020, just as a pandemic engulfed the world. In her initial months, Dhikshana focused on a new strategy for the team, focused even stronger on young people’s engagement and skills development, coproduction with their onsite creative community and content development around their cultural programme. During the lockdown and following months Dhikshana led on what a post Covid 19 engagement programme would look like and the organisation’s Anti-racism Pledge. Dhikshana has 14 years’ experience working in learning and engagement across the Science Museum, London Transport Museum, and Brent 2020 – London Borough of Culture. Dhikshana has been an elected Trustee of the Museums Association since 2016, actively working on sector-wide workforce developments and most recently the soon to be launched Learning & Engagement manifesto. Dhikshana’s focus and passion is on making the sector representative of the society we live in, going beyond making collections or content accessible, but making this sector for and by everyone.


Arta Agani lives andworks in Prishtina. From August 2016 to August 2020, she was the director of The National Gallery of Kosovo. She is also a professor of Typography at ‘Akademia Evolucion’ for Communication Design since 2007. Her professional career encompasses design, as her primary profession, artistic projects and exhibitions, concentrating in managing artistic projects, and curating several exhibitions. Her most recent engagements were in 2017 as curator of the Kosovo Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale with artist Sislej Xhafa, and in 2019 as commissioner of the Kosovo Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale with curator Vincent Honore and artist Alban Muja. She is currently part of the curatorial team at a larger group exhibition in Piran, Slovenia, SELFIE(sh) ME. She also curated the exhibition Perceptions: Burrneshat at the National Gallery in 2018 with the British Council with a focus on women artists like Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin, Rachel Whiteread and Claire Strand.


Kamini Sawhney leads the team at the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) in Bangalore as its first Director. Over the past year she has brought together a young, inspired team that is focused on creating a new museum experience for audiences in India. As the leader of a founding team, Sawhney has helped shape a vision for MAP that seeks to inspire people to interact with art in ways that encourage humanity, empathy and a deeper understanding of the world we live in. She has been a vocal ambassador for MAP presenting the institution’s plans and aspirations at various fora including the India Art Fair, at workshops at the CSMVS, Mumbai (Museums and the City), the Bengaluru Literary festival and the Bengaluru International Centre. In her earlier role Kamini was the head of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation – one of the best private collections of Modern Indian Art, at the CSMVS, Mumbai, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum. Bringing institutions together in collaborative projects has been of one her special skills enabling audiences in India the opportunity to enjoy several exhibitions in collaboration with Tate, London, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, the Duke University, Durham, the KNMA, New Delhi and more.



Nia Williams is Director of Learning and Public Programmes at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, responsible for Events, Exhibitions, Learning Volunteering and Engagement. She is also responsible for the Museum’s compliance with the Welsh Language Standards and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. A qualified teacher and fluent Welsh speaker, Nia has worked in the field of education for over 30 years and is a Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre Champion. She steered the new strategic vision for St Fagans National Museum of History, which was awarded Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2019.