The theme for the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2017 is
Museums & Galleries in their Cultural Landscapes
This theme investigates the changing and challenging actions of museums and galleries in their multidimensional landscape.
Museums and galleries throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific are adopting a cultural landscapes approach to their collection, interpretation and outreach programs. This encompasses their built and natural environment together with the social environment of their communities.
Within the key conference theme, the following landscapes will be explored:
– Custodians of Cultural Landscapes: interpretation, preserving cultural objects, stories, knowledge and values; sustainable practices
– Social Landscape: arts health and wellbeing, tourism, collaboration, activism, stimulate / encourage action for the environment, community and cultural issues
– Digital Landscape: audience engagement, digitising, digital publishing, emerging technologies
– Learning Landscape: engaging demographically diverse audiences; education and public programming
– Operational Landscape: best practice, case studies, collection management, curating, strategic directions
These cultural landscapes will be explored throughout the conference in plenary and parallel sessions. Prior to the main conference, there will be a half-day program of workshops, masterclasses and tours of Queensland’s leading cultural institutions in Brisbane. The conference will feature several social activities including a welcome event, conference dinner and a variety of networking opportunities.
Megan Cope’s Fluid Terrain is a site-specific work commissioned for the exhibition, My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, for display in 2013 at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Curated by Bruce McLean.
Fluid Terrain explores Aboriginal links to highly populated urban spaces by inserting (Ab)-original place names on vintage military survey maps. Here, Megan worked with the landscape of the greater Brisbane region, connecting it to her Quandamooka people and grounding the exhibition in the country on which it is held.
This installation image leads and provokes the 2017 Museums Galleries Australia Conference theme of Museums & Galleries in their Cultural Landscapes.