3.30pm – 5.00pm

Concurrent Session 1

Exhibition design: storytelling in practice
Lead Address: David Hebblethwaite, Art of Fact
Responding Panel: Paul Bowers, Museum Victoria, Kent Buchanan, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Beth Hise, Sydney Living Museums, Bernadette McCormack, Queensland Museum Network

Concurrent Session 2

Terri Janke, Terri Janke and Company, Lawyers and Consultants
MGA Indigenous Roadmap Project

Concurrent Session 3

Why not science?
Tilly Boleyn, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Madeleine Borthwick, Kiss the Frog, Ellie Downing, Fara Pelarek, Australian Museum

“I’m not smart enough!”
“I’m good at creative things, not science things.”
“I’m just not a ‘science’ person.”

It feels like the fear of engaging with scientific content often extends from audiences to our professional networks. There is a pervasive thought that unless you studied science, hold several PhDs and have at least two inventions or species named after you, science just isn’t for you. Why not?!? Those qualifications can certainly enhance your ability to connect with scientific content, but they aren’t a prerequisite.

Science is a framework for exploring and understanding the world around us: there is no one way to access or engage with it. Museums have the unique position of being able to represent and explore science with no educational ramifications for the visitor. We can create a safe space to experiment with a polarizing subject.

Panellists from a range of museums/sciences will discuss what they see as the greatest barriers of science engagement within museums, what we can do about them, and the impact of sciences within museums.

Stop putting science in the corner; let it out on the floor and watch as it entrances visitors.

Concurrent Session 4

(not) Lost in Translation: the art of inclusiveness
Debbie Abraham, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Alfredo Aquilizan, Artist, Isabel Aquilizan, Artist, Donna Biles Fernando, Aboriginal Reference Group, Zoe Butt, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Alex Wisser, Cementa

It can often be difficult to engage audiences meaningfully with contemporary art when the subject matter is particularly tough or thought-provoking. Unlike fun, easy crowd-pullers that draw in audience numbers, it simply looks like too much hard work. Yet some artists and curators are actively working with communities to discuss challenging issues or developing projects for challenging environments – through contemporary art.

The results are not community art, yet the community is heavily involved in either and/or both the process and the outcome. How is inclusiveness achieved and to what end?

Join a panel of six artists and curators who will discuss the possibilities for socially-engaged and community-informed art and curatorial practices that connect audiences while communicating the language/s of contemporary art meaningfully.

Concurrent Session 5

Getting digital done
Jonny Brownbill, Museums Victoria, Dr Lynda Kelly, Australian National Maritime Museum, Michael Parry, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The digital landscape is one which all museums must navigate. Whether improving the way we work behind the scenes, building apps and websites to attract and interact with our visitors, to keeping on top of the latest social media trends, it can be a confusing journey.

This session will highlight many of the issues museums face when thinking about digital tools and technologies. Our panel of three expert museum practitioners will look at examples of tech in a range of applications and engage the audience in a discussion.

This session builds on the success of previous versions at the Launceston and Sydney conferences. Each of these were packed with delegates from all areas of museum practice who are grappling with digital transition and transformation in their own organisations.