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Programme update for the online 2021 Working Internationally Conference, 16-18 March

We’ve just updated the programme for the online 2021 Working Internationally ConferenceJoin the discussions on key global issues over three days:

  • Social Justice: Museum responses to decolonisation, restitution, Black Lives Matter, representation and youth (Tuesday 16 March)
  • Museums and Sustainability: Challenges of working in and responding to a changing climate (Wednesday 17 March)
  • The Future of Museums: Where are we now, and where do we go from here? (Thursday 18 March)

The online conference takes place in March 2021 at a time when major global issues such as the impact of Covid-19, climate crisis, Brexit, and social justice will see museums continuing to reconsider and reimagine their roles in a global and local context, and establish new ways of working.

Networking and social sessions will be added to the programme shortly.

If you are not able to attend all three days of the conference, you can choose to book a ticket for only the day(s) you are able to attend.

 

DAY 1 – Tuesday 16 March: Social Justice

10:00 -10:10 Introduction

Tonya Nelson, Director, London – Arts Council England & ICOM UK Chair

10:10 – 11:10 In Conversation Session

Richard Benjamin, Head of International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool and Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort Project at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

11:10 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:30 Live From Queer Britain

Hannah Crowdy, Head of Curatorial & ICOM UK Committee, introduces a specially commissioned film from Queer Britain.

Followed by a discussion led by Joseph Galliano, Queer Britains Co-founder/CEO with invited guests.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Barker Langham Curated Session

Just Outcomes. Chaired by Paul Tourle, Senior Consultant, Barker Langham.

Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din, National Museum of African American History and Culture (USA), Subhadra Das, University College London (UK), Clara Paillard, PCS Union – Culture Group (UK).

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:30 Voices of the Future Session

What are the barriers to social justice in the arts and what are Arts Emergency doing about it?

Korantema Anyimadu, Community Manager at Arts Emergency

Culture& Black Lives Matter Charter: how we want museums to change.

Dr Errol Francis, Culture& New Museum School

16:30 – 16:45 Summary of the day

Nigel Sadler, Founder of Sands of Time Consultancy founder & ICOM UK Committee

 

DAY 2 – Wednesday 17 March: Museums & Sustainability

10:00 -10:10 Introduction

Dr Christian Baars, Head of Collection Care, National Museums Liverpool & ICOM UK Committee

10:10 – 11:10 In Conversation Session

Nick Merriman in conversation with Baroness Natalie Bennett and Mary Robinson discuss the role museums can play in reaching net zero emissions and increasing biodiversity.

Nick Merriman, Director, Horniman Museum & Gardens, London and Mary Robinson, Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin, Chair of The Elders and Baroness Natalie Bennett, Green Party Peer.

11:10 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:30 Live From Beruit

Claire Messenger, Manager, International Training Programme, British Museum & ICOM UK Committee introduces a film from the American University of Beirut Archaeological Museum.

Followed by a discussion with Nadine Panayot, Curator, American University of Beirut Archaeological Museum.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Barker Langham Curated Session

Responsive Futures (How do museums or cultural institutions collect amid chaos and disquiet?). Chaired by Jody Neal, Senior Consultant, Barker Langham.

Aaron Bryant, Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture (USA), Maria Hagstrup, Vesthimmerlands Museum (Denmark), Suzy Hakimian, Chair of ICOM Lebanon and Director of the Museum of Minerals at Saint Joseph University (Lebanon), Foteini Aravani, Digital Curator at the Museum of London and Curator, Guardians of Sleep at Museum of London (UK).

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:30 Voices of the Future Session

Early Career Professionals Chloe Bell, Izzy McLeod and Kate Rough discuss the future of sustainability in museums.

16:30 – 16:45 Summary of the day

Dr Christian Baars, Head of Collection Care, National Museums Liverpool & ICOM UK Committee

 

DAY 3 – Thursday 18 March: The Future of Museums

10:00 -10:10 Introduction

Edmund Connolly, Partnerships Manager at Google Arts & Culture UK and ICOM UK Committee

10:10 – 11:10 In Conversation Session

Tonya Nelson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, ICOM UK Chair and Skindar Hundal, Director of Arts, British Council.

11:10 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:30 Live From Panama

Edmund Connolly introduces a specially commissioned film from the Panama Canal Museum.

Followed by a discussion with Ana Elizabeth Gonzalez, Director, Panama Canal Museum

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Barker Langham Curated Session

Testaments from the Age of Humans. Chaired by Eleanor Suggett, Senior Consultant, Barker Langham

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:30 Voices of the Future Session

The Future of Museum Making in China by students from Leicester University and University College London

Museum Studies students, Peiyi Lyu, Jianan Qi, Mingshi Cui and Jinyu Zhang discuss current curatorial practice and object interpretation. They will also explore how museums in China are rethinking their roles, looking at how digital representation can be made more meaningful, how Intellectual Property can provide income streams for the Chinese sector and the importance of working internationally

16:30 – 16:45 Summary of the day

Edmund Connolly, Partnerships Manager at Google Arts & Culture UK and ICOM UK Committee

Formal conference closing by:

Tonya Nelson (ICOM UK Chair), Kathryn Simpson (Policy & Projects Manager, National Museum Directors’ Council) and Eric Langham (Director of Barker Langham).

The 2021 Working Internationally Conference is organised by ICOM UK in partnership with NMDC, with support from the British Council and curatorial support from Barker Langham.

 

If you are a museum professional, please consider applying to join ICOM UK. Members of ICOM UK can register for the conference for free, as well as receive full membership benefits for a year and become part of ICOM’s global museum community. Details on membership and the eligibility criteria can be found on the ICOM UK website.

Tickets are now on sale for non-members.

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