Kia ora ,
Recent news has been mixed, with some great exhibitions and events around the country, as well as some funding issues and controversies. Our incoming media service is now in electronic form, so we are working on revising the way we make the news available to members. As an interim measure, we have uploaded February and March news items as pdf files on our website here.
Following media coverage of their staff structure late last year, Canterbury Museum has been working on re-defining staff roles, which has included some redundancies and several new positions which were advertised by MA earlier this year. Three key appointments have recently been announced. Lesley Colsell, previously General Manager Museum Programmes and former Chair of MA, is now Canterbury's first Museum Best Practice Manager. Sarah Gordon will begin as Communications Manager after Easter, and Carmen Marsh will take up a fixed term position as Projects Office Manager later in April.
There are many exciting opportunities coming up for professional development, promoting your museum or gallery, and being involved in wider networks. These include our own MA12 conference as well as lectures and workshops with visiting speakers and other experts on subjects such as medallic management, arts access, exhibition lighting and audience engagement. Detailed listings and links follow below.
MA12 conference - REGISTRATION CLOSES 10 APRIL
We're looking forward to seeing many of you in Wellington for MA12 and the Awards during the week 17-20 April. You can still register up until 10 April. For those who aren't able to come to MA12, there will be reports on our website and a bumper conference/awards issue of MAQuarterly in early May.
Inaugural TelstraClear Museums Aotearoa Lecture - Tuesday 17 April
The first of this new annual lecture series will be presented with support from TelstraClear. Jock Philips is well known to many through his work with Te Papa, Te Ara and most recently for his 'Insider' blogs during the RWC 2011 'Real NZ' festival. The lecture is at 6pm on Tuesday 17 April at Te Papa. This public event is free to attend, please RSVP to secure your seat, contact Museums Aotearoa by email or telephone (04) 499 1313.
AGM - Thursday 19 April
Reminder - the 2012 Annual General Meeting of Museums Aotearoa will be held at Te Papa, at 12 noon on Thursday 19 April. There will be a Board vacancy for one Individual member: Jenny Harper will complete her first term on the Board, and is standing for re-election. The notice of meeting, draft agenda and voting information are in the members area of our website here, and hard copies have been posted to Individual members. If you wish to appoint a proxy for voting at the AGM, please download and print the proxy form, or contact the MA office.
2012 Museum Awards
Congratulations to all finalists in the 2012 New Zealand Museum Awards. The judges had a hard time deciding the most deserving among all the outstanding achievements in the record number of entries received this year. Finalists will be celebrated and winners announced at a gala dinner at City Gallery Wellington on 19 April, now fully booked. See the finalists media release here and watch this space for the winners. The New Zealand Museum Awards programme is generously supported by Story Inc.
New membership benefits
MA membership invoices for 2012 fees have been sent out to all Museums, Individuals and Associates - thank you to those who have already responded. As we develop our services, the MA Board has been working on making membership benefits more accessible. A major change this year is that, as part of the entitlement of Museum membership, all staff will be able to receive direct communication and information by email from MA. Staff or volunteers at member museums who choose to take up the discounted $50 Individual membership will receive additional benefits: a personal MA membership card giving free entry and discounts at member museums, and hard copies of MA publications. These benefits are available to all current Individual and Associate members. For full details of membership entitlements, please visit the membership pages of our website.
We wish you a very happy Easter season. Now, back to all the last-minute conference details...
Phillipa and Sophie
Conference keynote workshops
For those who are not able to come to MA12, there will be opportunities to hear our international keynote speakers in other parts of the country.
Umberto Crenca , founder and Artistic Director of AS220, Providence (RI), USA
In conjunction with Museums Aotearoa, NSTP is pleased to be able to support workshop opportunities for organisations around the country to engage with Umberto Crenca.
Christchurch: Tuesday 10 April, 12pm – 1.30pm
Auckland: Thursday 12 April, 9am – 12pm
New Plymouth: Friday 13 April, 6 – 8pm
Wellington: Tuesday 17 April, 4.30 – 6pm
Details and RSVPs for these workshops:
Jim Marchbank, former CEO, Science North, Sudbury, Canada
Museums in Auckland and Palemerston North are hosting workshops for staff and others interested in hearing about Jim Marchbank's work in developing a multi-facted science centre with essential linkages to industry, academia and community.
Auckland War Memorial Museum: Tuesday 10 April, 10.00-11.30am
RSVP c/- Museums Aotearoa, tel (04) 499 1313
Te Manawa: Monday 16 April, 1.00-2.30pm
RSVP to Te Manawa, tel (06) 3555 000
ATTTO - Museum Training Council
The Training Council is convened by ATTTO, our Industry Training Organisation, to provide advice and input into their support of workplace training. At its meeting last week, the Council looked at priorites for the coming year, and how they relate to other sector activities and initiatives. We were very pleased with the work ATTTO has done over the past year in developing resources to support the Museum Practice Certificate, and a new induction package, Welcome to Museums. By bringing relevant information together, these resources will make achieving the standards quicker and more achievable. To find out more about the qualifications and resources, contact ATTTO by email or tel 04 499 6570. If you are an experienced museum professional, you may be interested in becoming an assessor for others working on the museum standards.
Events in New Zealand
National Services Te Paerangi workshops March-April
Mounting & presenting museum objects
Poutama one | step one full day workshops for people working in museums and galleries.
Southland, 2 April
Otago, 4 April
South Canterbury, 11 April
North Canterbury, 13 April
West Coast, 16 April
Maori in Museums
Poutama two | step two workshop for ATTTO trainees and people with 1-2 years experience working in museums and galleries.
Auckland, 12-13 April
Lighting for the future
Poutama three | step three workshop for people with five years experience working in museums and galleries.
Wellington, 17 April
MA12 - Collaboration in practice
18-20 April 2012
various venues, Wellington
How does collaboration contribute to economic sustainability and creative programming? Museums Aotearoa presents a multi-faceted conference investigating museum collaboration across cultural boundaries, between disciplines and joining communities of interest.
Museums Aotearoa's 2012 conference will take advantage of our creative capital to explore a wide range of collaboration – in topics, programming and social events. An enthusiastic team is planning a fantastic Wellington experience.
International keynote speakers:
- Umberto Crenca, founder and artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit centre for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island (see www.as220.org)
- Jim Marchbank, former CEO of Science North, Sudbury, North Ontario, (see http://www.sciencenorth.ca/)
There will be plenty of other social events and opportunities to catch up with colleagues and visit a range of institutions and organisations in the Wellington region. These include:
- Tuesday 17 April - TelstraClear Museums Aotearoa Public Lecture in the evening, speaker Jock Phillips
- Tuesday 17 April - related sector events during the day including: ARANZ symposium on Maori Archives & Records; WW1 commemoration planning meeting; Poutama 3 workshop Lighting for the Future run by National Services Te Paerangi
- Wednesday 18 - welcome function, followed by Directors/Governors dinner
- Thursday 19 April - afternoon behind the scenes bus and walking tours
- Thursday 19 April - New Zealand Museum Awards Dinner
- Friday 20 April - post-conference wind-down
Other special group meetings will also be held during the conference, inlcuding TENNZ, Directors of Small Museums, ICOM-NZ and Curators of Tertiary Collections. We thank National Services Te Paerangi for providing a limited number of conference travel and accommodation scholarships.
Registration is open until Tuesday 10 April. For inquiries after that date, please contact the MA office.
tel: (04) 499 1313
Accessibility Action Plan workshops
1-4pm, Friday 20 April
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
1-4pm, Thursday 26 April
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Arts Access Aotearoa’s Arts for All event is an accessibility action plan workshop – a very hands on, exercise-based session where practical strategies will be work-shopped to achieve arts organisation-specific (including producers, galleries, theatres, museums, venues etc) accessibility policies and plans.
Speakers from three different arts organisations will talk about accessibility policy, processes, initiatives, action plans and stakeholder buy-in, followed by a brain-storming session where participants will begin to shape their accessibility actions plans and draft accessibility policies. The workshop will be followed by a Touch Tour of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery led by Lynda Cullen, Visitor Programmes Co-ordinator.
Please RSVP by 12 April.
tel: 04 802 4349
RAW - Records and Archives Week
1-7 May, 2012
This year's RAW theme is Scandal. This theme is sure to prove a fruitful hunting ground for ideas for the week. As well as those historical scandals, don’t forget breaking scandals involving the manipulation and use of records and archives. RAW is a great opportunity to showcase some of those documentary gems from museuma nd galelry collections around the country. The ARANZ website has information, ideas, logos and posters you can download to help plan and promote RAW 2012.
Medallic Management Workshops - Christchurch and Otago
Tuesday 15 May, Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin
Wednesday 16 May, Air Force Museum, Christchurch
NZ Defence Force experts Jack Hayes (Adviser Medals Policy) and David Baguley (Ex Director of the DPMC Honours Unit) will lead a full day 'hands on' workshop on all things to do with medals. All participants will be given a set of NZDF medal identification posters and a series of hand outs showing them where the resources are to support them in recognising and cataloguing their collections. They will show participants a range of medal mounting techniques and conduct an interactive presentation on display and security options. Attendees are most welcome to bring medals from their collection with them for identification or for advice on how to handle them.
More details closer to the workshop dates. Numbers will eb limited - to register interest, please contact the host museum in your area.
International Museum Day
Museums in a Changing World. New challenges, New inspirations
18 May 2012
Today, the world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of an increasingly unstable climate, all shared by social media. Modern museums must compete for an audible voice against the furious pace of this background.
Museums in a Changing World is recognition that institutions are faced with interpreting, and existing in, a field that is becoming increasingly fluid. Each may face a unique set of goals, interests and audiences.
Museums Aotearoa will be putting out media material, and we'd be very happy to highlight activities around the country - please let us know what you have planned.
This year, ICOM is launching a photo contest, called Me in my Museum, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of International Museum Day! Come celebrate IMD’s anniversary with us by taking a picture of yourself, alone or with friends, in your favourite museum, with the official logo created for the event displayed! Museum lovers everywhere are invited to participate and send us their photos before 22 April, 2012. The winner(s) will receive a “goodie bag” full of items from museum stores around the world.
All information is available on the IMD 2012 official website:
and Facebook page:
IMD is on Facebook!
Following on from the success of last year’s Facebook page, which attracted more than 1,500 fans, IMD has launched a new page for 2012. Become a fan of the official IMD 2012 page and keep up to date with all the latest news:
21st Century Arts Conference
21-22 June 2012
95% of New Zealanders are culturally active so why do we still have empty seats and galleries? This year, new research will provide insight into how and why people engage with art. And why they don’t. New Zealand now has more insight into arts audiences than any other country in the world. We believe this information will be crucial to unlocking audience potential. We know who to target, what to say, how to say it, when to say it and where to say it. In short, people are ready to engage, are we?
Creative New Zealand’s annual 21st Century Arts Conference will be held at the Michael Fowler Centre. $225 +GST (early bird) and $275 +GST (full price), 3-delegate limit per organisation. More programme details will be available when registration opens in April.
International Indigenous Development Conference
27-30 June 2012
The 6th Biennial Conference hosted by Nga Pae o te Maramatanga will highlight indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. Presentations and papers will address all aspects of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:
- Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing
- Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families
- Enhancing Indigenous Distinctiveness
All presentations will be 20 mins, plus 5 mins for questions, and are expected to address one or more of the following outcomes:
- Indigenous Knowledge Creation
- Building Excellent Indigenous Research Capability
- Research and Indigenous Transformation
More information on the themes and outcomes can be found on the website.
All Abstracts will be assessed by the Conference Abstract Committee, guided by the Conference Advisory Panel. There is potential for a limited number of panel presentations, please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in convening a panel. There will be a published, reviewed conference proceedings and all accepted authors will be invited to submit their full paper to the conference proceedings.
Photographs Conservation Joint Meeting
AIC-PMG & ICOM-CC PMWG
11-15 February 2013
The Photographic Materials Group of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC-PMG) and the Photographic Materials Working Group of ICOM's International Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC PMWG) are joining forces to hold a conference and workshops in Wellington in February 2013. This will bring an outstanding group of international experts in photographic conservation to New Zealand, and will offer opportunities for individuals, experts and institutions.
contact: Mark Strange, Convenor
DREAM (Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials)
The transformative museum: participation between place and space
23-25 May 2012
Keynote speakers will include Kevin Crowley (director of the Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments and an associate professor of education and psychology, University of Pittsburgh, US), James E. Katz (director of Center for Mobile Communication Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA), dr. Lynda Kelly (head of Web and Audience Research at the Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia), professor Gunnar Liestøl (Dept. of Media & Communication, University of Oslo), professor Angela McFarlane (director of Public Engagement and Learning, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK), and associate professor Ross Parry (Programme Director, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester).
Globalising trends in knowledge economies, digital participation and changing community needs catalyse transformations of museums, galleries and science centres. The conference will present a rich set of analyses of the current situation and raise important questions about the future for material and immaterial cultural and natural heritage. We invite research papers on the following topics:
- transforming modes of communication
- transforming visitor participation and learning
- transforming institutional organization
- transforming research methodologies
Register soon and get attractive early-bird rates. Reduced fees apply for students. Online registration on the conference website http://www.dreamconference.dk/
NAWI Exploring Australia's Indigenous Watercraft
30 May - 1 June 2012
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
In 2012 the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) will host a two-day national conference on Australia’s indigenous watercraft. This, the first major conference on the
watercraft of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, seeks to bring together practitioners and theorists from a range of institutions, groups, communities and individuals interested in the history, conservation, construction, interpretation and presentation of indigenous watercraft. Demonstrations and talks by traditional canoe builders and people engaged in reviving canoe building practices and knowledge will be a highlight.
The Call for Papers has now closed. For further information contact:
Steering committee chair, Daina Fletcher, Senior Curator, ANMM, on +61(0)2 9298 3777.
If you would like to be on our conference mailing list please send your email address to
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.anmm.gov.au/nawi
CIDOC (ICOM International Committee for Documentation)
Enriching Cultural Heritage
10-14 June, 2012
Communicating the Museum
The World is Changing: How Will Museums Adapt?
27-29 June, 2012
New York, USA
Agenda's 12th Communicating the Museum conference will take place in New York, with conference sessions held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a reception at Christie's, and private curator and artist-led guided tour at MoMA.
Fifth International Conference
2-5 August 2012
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, BARBADOS
Theme 1: Objects of Concern
Theme 2: Interrogating ‘The Collection’
Theme 3: Museums as Knowledge Makers and Custodians
Theme 4: Pedagogy of the Museum
Theme 5: The Virtual Museum
Theme 6: Museum Business
International Congress on Archives
A climate of change
20-24 August, 2012
The International Council on Archives Congress is held every four years, and this is the first time it has been held in the southern hemisphere. As host organisation, the National Archives of Australia is confident that the Congress will provide an exciting and unique opportunity for archivists and information management professionals to engage with the world's leading theorists and practitioners. The conference will provide an international forum for discussion and scrutiny of the many topical archival and information issues of relevance to government, business, education, legislative, ethical and Indigenous sectors.
The opportunities include:
- submission of paper proposals and [participation in panel sessions and workshops. Paper proposals can be submitted online by 31 January 2012.
- Attendance at the Congress and active participation in discussion forums and question and answer sessions.
Early bird registrations are now open. More details are available on the conference website, including keynote speakers.
tel:: +61 2 6212 3988
CIMUSET (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Science and Technology)
Brighter Perspectives for Science and Technology Museums
28-31 August, 2012
Tampere and Helsinki, FINLAND
ICOM ICFA Annual Conference 2012
Museums of Fine Arts: Arial of Existence, Spheres of Influence
30 September - 5 October, 2012
Call for Papers
ICOM International Committee for museum and collections of fine arts annual conference is organized by ICOM Russia and hosted by the State Pushkin museum of Fine Arts and the State Tretyakov Gallery. The official language of the conference is English, with simultaneous translation into Russian during the working sessions. We expect proposals for presentations which analyse current issues in the field of museum complexes: principles of functioning, management and development. Proposal deadline 1 May 2012.
ICOM-UMAC Annual COnference 2012
Encountering the Limits: The University Museum
10-12 October, 2012
UMAC, the International Committee for University Museums and Academic Collections from ICOM, will hold its annual conference in Singapore. The conference will be hosted by the National University of Singapore and organized by our colleagues from the NUS Museum.
The online Call for Papers is open from now till 1 May 2012.
Conference registration will start 1 May 2012 and it will end 31 August 2012.
www: http://www.nus.edu.sg/museum/UMAC2012 or
ICOM/CECA Annual Conference 2012
Museum and Written Communication: Tradition and Innovation
20-25 October, 2012
Call for Contributions
ICOM International Committee of Education and Cultural Action is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the upcoming conference on “Museum and Written Communication. Tradition and Innovation”. This International Meeting is intended to become a special platform for discussing theoretical and practical issues on different types of texts in the museums on international level. A text is a basic source of information transferred to the user through a museum exposition, education programme, book, new technologies, and Internet/social media etc. The Registration of Abstracts for the ICOM/CECA Annual Meeting in Yerevan is open from 15th of January to 15th of April 2012 at 24:00 (Yerevan time). Authors will be notified of acceptance by May 15th, 2012. Please fill in the on-line form and submit before the deadline. Link to submission of abstracts: http://ceca12.icom-armenia.org/en/call-for-abstracts/
The selected papers will be published in MUSEUM Theoretical Methodical Journal volume 4 of Armenian Association of Museum Workers and Friends NGO.
35th Annual ICOFOM Symposium
Empowering the visitor: process, progress and protest
1-3 November 2012
CALL FOR PAPERS
Museums are increasingly recognizing that their visitors have needs and wants that are not always being fulfilled. Concomitantly visitors, and non-visitors, are becoming more vocal in expressing their hopes and desires for museums. The topic examines what visitors want and what museums are prepared to give. As well the topic looks at how museum are fulfilling their visitors’ requests and how visitors are pushing museums to respond to their concerns. This theme can be considered from either the point of view of the visitor or the point of view of the museum.
Deadline for submission of papers: 7 May 2012
23rd ICOM Triennial
10-17 August 2013
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
Some 3,000 to 4,000 international participants are expected at this crucial event for ICOM, for its members and for the international museum community. It provides a platform for museum professionals from different regions and cultures to share and exchange on their expertise and experience.
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