International Museum Day 2020

International Museum Day (IMD) takes place on Monday 18 May 2020.  The theme selected by ICOM for 2020 is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

To mark IMD2020, ICOM UK and the British Council have developed a programme of events and activities that engage museum workers and audiences in a conversation about diversity and inclusion post-COVID-19:

  • Think Pieces: We have invited museums leaders from around the world to contribute short reflections or provocations aimed at inspiring new thinking and stimulating action.  Scroll down to read Think Pieces written by Gus Casely-Hayford, Director V&A East, Raphael Chikukwa, Acting Director, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and many other influential international sector professionals.
  • In Conversation: On Monday 18 May, 12:00 – 13:30 BST, ICOM UK hosted three short panel discussions on Zoom with professionals in the sector exploring various threads of the theme including disability and access and digital technology, framed within the current context of COVID-19.  Scroll down to watch the recording of the discussion.
  • Community Crowdsource: During the COVID-19 crisis, ICOM UK invites all members to reflect on what they can do to increase museum diversity and inclusion.  Members can post their individual commitments to diversity and inclusion on an online corkboard (Padlet) and via a Twitter campaign.  We share these ideas to inspire others to action.
  • ArtUK online exhibition from the British Council Collections curated by Tonya Nelson, Chair, ICOM UK

We look forward to hearing from all of our UK ICOM members and the wider museum community to help build a new future for equality, diversity and inclusion.

#IMD2020     @UK_ICOM     @BritishCouncil

Visit ICOM’s IMD website for more information on the theme and to see the map of events taking place digitally across the world

Museums in a Covid World: ICOM UK Celebrates International Museum Day 2020, Monday 18 May 2020

IMD2020 Think Pieces

Gus Casely-Hayford, Director V&A East, London

Raphael Chikukwa, Acting Director, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Errol Francis, Artistic Director and Curator of Heritage Programmes

Thanh Sinden, Museum Detox

Becki Morris, Director, Disability Collaborative Network (DCN)

Yanyue Yuan, Assistant Arts Professor, NYU Shanghai

Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Siddhant Shah, Museum Accessibility Expert and Founder,

İlkay Baliç, Director of Communications, Arter, Istanbul

Joyoti Roy, Head of Strategy and Marketing, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai

Dominika Jagiełło, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

Mohamed A. Cissé, independent curator and art advisor

Dr. Joy Chih-Ning Hsin, Chief of Education and Extension Division, National Museum of History, Taiwan

Kofo Adeleke, President, Legacy1995, Nigeria

Manasi Prasad, Museum Director, Indian Music Experience

Dr Sophia Handaka, CoMuseum Conference Co-Founder and Curator of World Cultures, Benaki Museum, Greece

Jadwiga Charzyńska, Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Łaźnia, Poland

Ozalp Birol, General Manager of the Pera Museum and the Istanbul Research Institute, Turkey

Arta Agani, Director, National Gallery of Kosovo

Du Pengfei, Deputy Executive Director of Tsinghua University Art Museum, China

Wang Bin, Director of the Tang West Market Museum, China

Guo Meixia, Deputy Director, Publicity and Education Department, The Palace Museum, China

Dr. Nu Mra Zan, Museum Consultant, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, Myanmar

Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary and Curator, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India

Siak Ching Chong, CEO of the National Gallery Singapore

Bummo Youn, Director, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea

Patricia Villanueva, Educational Projects Curator, Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru

Bartomeu Marí, Former Director MALI, Lima, Peru

José-Carlos Mariátegui, Member of the Board of Directors at MALI (Lima, Peru), the board of The Peruvian Curators Association, researcher for LSE and CEO of ATA

María del Pilar Riofrío, MUCEN, Lima, Peru

Rubén Buitrón, El Brujo Arqueological Complex, Peru

Dr. Maria Mok, Museum Director, Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA)

Mr Gong Liang, Director of Nanjing Museum, China