The session recordings from the 2021 Working Internationally Conference are now publicly available on ICOM UK’s YouTube channel.
Day 1 Session 1: In Conversation – Richard Benjamin, Head of International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool, and Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort Project, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, discuss pushing for sector change against agendas that find understanding the nuances of community, privilege, silence, sustainability and anti-racism difficult.
Day 1 Session 2: Live from Queer Britain – This session covers the development of the Queer Britain museum with a special focus on their interlocking Open Letters to Queer Britain and Queer Pandemic projects.
Day 1 Session 4: Voices of the Future – Korantema Anyimadu, Community Manager at Arts Emergency, a social justice charity that helps young people from under-represented backgrounds flourish in the arts, discusses the barriers to social justice in the arts and what Arts Emergency are doing about it. Vanessa Otim, New Museum School alumnus, will discuss her research on Queen Charlotte, Consort of George III and how it relates to decolonisation in the arts.
Day 2 Session 1: In Conversation – 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.
Day 2 Session 2: Live from Beirut – A specially commissioned film will be screened that looks at the damage caused by the explosion on 4 August 2020, the experience of moving programmes online and how local and international networks are offering support. Followed by a conversation with Claire Messenger and Dr Nadine Panayot, the new Curator of AUB, sharing an up-date on the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut and the ongoing global pandemic.
Day 2 Session 4: Voices of the Future – Museums and Sustainability in the UK and how we can all make a change. Early career professionals, Chloe Bell, Senior Gallery Assistant, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Izzy Mcleod, ACP, Amgueddfa Cymru | National Museum of Wales and Kate Rough, Producer, Amgueddfa Cymru | National Museum of Wales, discuss their experiences and what developing positive change within the museum sector can look like.
Day 3 Session 1: In Conversation – Tonya Nelson, Arts Council England’s London Area Director, in conversation with Skinder Hundal, Director of Arts, British Council, share their experiences of the past year.
Day 3 Session 2: Live From Panama – Join Museum Director, Ana Elizabeth Gonzalez from the Panama Canal Museum for an introduction to the collections, museum and mission of the organisation.
Day 3 Session 4: Voices of the Future – The Future of Museum Making in China. Museum Studies students Peiyi Lyu, Jianan Qi, Mingshi Cui from Leicester University and Jinyu Zhang from University College London 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.