Tuesday 23 May - detailed programme

 Please note:
  • This programme may be subject to change
  • All events are at the Palmerston North Convention and Function Centre, unless otherwise stated.
  • All keynote sessions will be in the Elwood Room.
  • Lunches and tea-breaks will be served in the Conference Room.
7:45am    ICOM NZ working breakfast  for ICOM members
9:00am    Keynote Speaker: Glenn Iseger-Pilkington - Back to Black: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Culture in Australian Museums
Museums continue to grapple with a history of creating otherness through their practices, of political, cultural and social posturing, designed to celebrate the values of European colonial homelands and as touchstones of western knowledge, culture and systems. The role of Indigenous peoples within these spaces, was/is as black subject – to be drawn, studied, recorded, measured, photographed, and, in some cases, posthumously collected. In these spaces, Indigenous peoples were/are the ‘quintessential other’.
For a number of decades, there has been a significant shift to new modes of working as and with Indigenous peoples in these spaces, and with this, a new generosity and sense of collaborations has emerged between Indigenous peoples and museums. But how much have museums really changed? Is it ever possible to be inclusive of our people, cultures and diversity in meaningful ways, if museums continue to peer on/to our cultures from Euro-centric perspectives? 
Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture for the South Australian Museum, investigates the complexities of cultural inclusivity within museums & art galleries from an Australian vantage point.
10:00am   Break
10:30am  Tuesday Morning - 4 parallel sessions
1. Pacific collections – inclusive practice
Venue: Seminar Room Case Study work-in progress 
  • Jami Williams Programme Manager - Collection Readiness, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Barbara Makuati-Afitu - Community Engagement Facilitator, Pacific Collection Access Project, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai - Project Curator, Pacific, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Sarah Kapuhealani Bishop – Senior Collection Technician, Pacific Collection Access Project, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Mary Ama - respected artist, community leader and master knowledge-holder of Cook Islands arts and culture
  • Tarisi Vundilio - Pacific cultural knowledge holder (Fiji) and Professional Teaching Fellow, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland
Auckland Museum’s Pacific Collection Access project (PCAP) is a three year project (2016-2019) focused on cataloguing, conservation and creating safe and accessible storage for 5,000+ objects in the Museum’s Pacific collection.

PCAP’s mission is three-fold:

  1. improve knowledge and understanding of the Museum’s Pacific Collection
  2. improve the safety of the Pacific Collection
  3. increase the public access and engagement, especially for Pacific source communities, with the Museum and its Pacific Collection.

2. Panel session - Kids as curators at school and at the museum

Venue: Elwood Room

Chair: Rebecca Browne - Education Officer, Forest and Bird, formerly Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

This two part session captures the energy and enthusiasm of a team of passionate young curators who have created their own museum at school, and introduces us all to  a new children's programme at South Canterbury Museum. We look forward to the responses to each of these ways of engaging youngsters in museum activities.

Kid Curators
  • Aurelia Hercock-Roberts - Founder and Natural History Curator and Collection Manager, Pukerua Bay School Museum
  • Paddy Rockell - Founder and Fine Arts Curator and Collection Manager, Pukerua Bay School Museum
  • Isaac du Toit - Founder and Local History Curator and Collection Manager, Pukerua Bay School Museum
  • Cat Lunjevich - Teacher, Pukerua Bay School
As kid curators/founders/collection managers of Pukerua Bay School Museum, we have a unique experience that we would like to share. We have grown our museum space, addressed barriers and worked with others to set up New Zealand’s first official museum founded and run by children. We are growing connections and relationships within our school, our local community, and the museum community. We had an idea, experienced the success of a pop-up museum at Aurelia’s home one weekend, were offered a space at school and brought our dream to life. We have worked out roles, developed an employment scheme and employed voluntary staff. Our relationship with staff at Te Papa has enabled shared knowledge, experiences and practical advice as well as online exposure on the Te Papa blog. Museums Aotearoa have supported us with official status and guidance through the code of ethics and the publication of our journey in the Quarterly Magazine
Invasion of Explorers at South Canterbury Museum
  • Chris Rapley - Curator of Social History, South Canterbury Museum
  • Tony Rippin - Curator of Documentary History, South Canterbury Museum

 South Canterbury Museum's new kids' programme is revitalising local children's interest in the museum and attracting kids who would not otherwise have been visitors. The Explorers' Club is extending the Museum's reach into the community, while its enthusiastic explorers discover new passions, using their passports to access fields of enquiry and collect badges as evidence of new-found knowledge.

3. The Quiet Karakia - Aspirations for inclusive museums and galleries

Venue: Te Manawa - Heritage

Chair: Graeme Beal, Marketing and Communications Manager, Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History

  • Siân Torrington - artist, curator, writer, and community arts facilitator
  • Ana Te Whaiti - Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou, Ngai Tahu and Te Aitanga a Mahaki, weaver and fashion creative
  • Luisa Tora - interdisciplinary artist, curator, activist, and writer
  • Tash Helasdottir-Cole - Ngāti Porou, artist

A three-part discussion on people-centred approaches that encourage health and wellness for diverse audiences, and what these might mean for museums and art galleries

Part one: Making Space.

How did we all get here? What made that possible? How do we navigate through space? Questions and answers as introduction.

Part two: It takes a village.

Sharing spaces we have created: How can we keep ourselves safe, welcome you, and make space for diverse bodies, beings, and experiences?

Part three: Questions and consent.

You are free to ask us anything as long as we are free to say yes or no to answering. We welcome your thoughts in a spirit of sharing, learning and mutual respect.

 4. Disability, diversity and Museums of Inclusion – how do we ready ourselves for the future?

Venue: The Gallery
  • Philip Patston - Managing Director, Diversity New Zealand Ltd

Philip Patston will lead an explorative and slightly disruptive process to introduce new ways to think about yourself and others in the context of the future of your team and organisation, including your visitors. The session will challenge participants to notice that society is changing with greater and greater speed. Cultures are becoming more and more intermingled; gender and sexual identity are now far more openly fluid; and the complexity of our ability to function is increasing as we live longer due to technological and medical advancement. What does this mean for the future of museums, their staff and visitors?

12:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm    Tuesday Afternoon 1 – 3 site visits & 3 parallel sessions

Site visits – note that these options take all afternoon

1. Military voices, missing voices - visit to Linton Camp Army Engineering Museum

This field trip, led by Tracy Puklowski, combines a visit to a little known museum, with a surprisingly rich collection telling a powerful story of the expertise and ingenuity behind many campaigns and achievements of the New Zealand Army, with insights into other stories often missing from our military history.

Joe Hollander of the New Zealand Army Engineering Museum will host the visit, with opportunities to view the museum and its collections as well as key features of the camp complex.

Panel discussion: Military Voices, Missing Voices

  • Chair: Bridget Wellwood - Team Leader, Eketahuna Museum.


Grandad never talked about the war - the challenges that surround storytelling in a military museum
  • Elizabeth Mildon - Assistant Curator, Heraldry, National Army Museum

This current period of commemoration has raised people’s interest in family members who served during times of conflict. Medals, badges and buttons, stuck for most of the last hundred years in a box at the back of a wardrobe, are coming into the light. Families are showing concern about what will happen to this material and see us as a place of safe keeping. When this material comes to the museum, are we asking enough questions? Is there enough dialogue between us and the donors and do we maintain that dialogue so the connection between the object and the family is not lost?

Ake! Ake! Ake!
  • Henriata Nicholas - Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Kahu. Exhibitions Co-ordinator, Te Awamutu Museum.

These famous words from the Battle of Orākau have resounded throughout the world. This exhibition uses this phrase to bring to mind an aspect of the Māori people of that time, and it’s connection to the people of World War One, through to today, and on. The good fight is to be fought, forever and ever. We must remember!

Afternoon tea provided.

Limit: 30 people

2. Revitalising Karaka Grove - visit to Massey Campus

Karaka Grove marks remnants of a former extensive uru karaka or grove bordering the Manawatū River. Established as a major food source to support Rangitāne settlement from 1800, the site is also connected with battles occurring in the 1820s along the river flats where many lives were lost. Over time, land owners, including Massey University, have worked with Rangitāne to maintain the wairua of the site.

The field-trip, led by Dr Susan Abasa, introduces Karaka Grove as a heritage site, and explains its evolution and re-vitalisation. Presentations and roundtable discussions include those closely involved with recent re-development – Rangitāne; artists; historians, Māori horticulturalists; geographers; city planners.

  • Israel Birch- Lecturer, School of Art, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Palmerston North

Depart Convention Centre / Return to Convention Centre

Wear comfortable shoes

Afternoon tea provided

Limit: 50 people

3. Art residencies and community engagement - visit to Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui

With the recent announcement from the Government confirming $10 million dollars for the major redevelopment project of the Sarjeant Gallery, visit the gallery at its interim site where staff will discuss how engagement with their community has helped achieve fundraising to date. We will also discuss Activating collections and collections care; creating engaging programmes and associated events that connect with the diversity of our communities; collaborating with local and national artists and makers; and the interconnectedness of our exhibition programming and operational services including the gallery shop, events and marketing.

While you are in Whanganui, gallery staff will give brief Pecha Kucha style presentations about how community engagement via programming, access to collections and its front facing operations, has enabled them to engender support to progress the Sarjeant's redevelopment project. You will also get the chance to see behind the scenes and you will be hosted by the Sarjeant's management team of: Director, Greg Anderson; Curator and Public Programmes Manager, Greg Donson; Curator of Collections, Jennifer Taylor Moore and Operations Manager, Teresa Toy.
Limit: 30 people

Parallel Sessions

1. Towards autism friendly museums (Workshop)

Venue: Seminar Room

  • Talei Langley - Membership Services Manager, Museums Aotearoa
  • Joanne Dacomb - Joanne Dacombe: Autistic peer mentor, Autism NZ Board member & advocate
  • Ayesha Middleton - Autism New Zealand
  • Angela Field - Autism New Zealand
  • Simon Hart - Advocate & peer-mentor

This session will explore the experiences of people on the autism spectrum and practical ways museums can be welcoming, aware and helpful.

Limit: 25 people. 

2. “Other voices” – untold stories

Venue: The Gallery
Robyn Hunt - Director, AccEase Ltd

What a nation chooses to remember has a profound effect on the present cultural climate. The power to tell stories in the museum context and the choice of whose stories are told there is inherently political. In deciding what our nation remembers, and whose stories are told, a non-disabled view of history has supported an ableist culture. What does that mean for disabled stories and the world view resulting from our absence? Where do our unsafe stories belong? Who should tell them, and how should they be told?

3. All in together – creating a new museum

Venue: Elwood Room

  • Cathy McCartney - Strategic Projects Manager, Horowhenua District Council
  • Awhina Tamarapa - Cultural Advisor, Te Taitoa Maori o Te Awahou Trust and Victoria University of Wellington
  • Lily Frederikse - Visitor Experience Planner and Museum Consultant
  • Nicki Moen - Library Community Facilities Consultant
  • Joost de Bruin - Cultural Advisor Dutch Connection Museum Trust and Victoria University of Wellington

 Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom is a multi-purpose community and cultural facility scheduled to open mid- 2017 in Te Awahou / Foxton, Horowhenua. The topic for this presentation is ‘All In Together.’ In this panel discussion representatives from three partner groups – Horowhenua District Council, Te Taitoa Māori o Te Awahou Trust and the Dutch Connection Trust – will focus on five themes that relate to inclusive practice within the development of the project: 1 - The partnership model, 2 – The inclusive methods that were employed to develop the exhibitions and facility, 3 – The audience-centred visitor experience, 4 – Managing collaboration, 5 – The inclusive business model.

2:30pm     Break
3:00pm    Tuesday Afternoon 2 – 3 site visits continue & 3 parallel sessions

Site visits – continue

Parallel Sessions

1. All aboard the waka – pitopito korero

Venue: Elwood Room

Ideas and initiatives that explore the theme of inclusion in museums while challenging established ideas, reflecting trends and looking towards the future. A selection of short presentations curated by EMPNZ.
A report from the field – the 2016 Inclusive
Museum Conference, Cincinnati.
Emily Trent - Project Manager, Exhibitions, Auckland Museum
Museum Collections: Who is included?
Christina Hardy - Kaitiaki Taonaga Collection Manager Humanities, Te Papa
One curator and a boat full of artists
Kimberley Stephenson, Curator of Collections on behalf of Ari Edgecombe - Arts Curator, Southland Museum Niho o te Taniwha
Museum in a Box
Pru Pim - Visitor Host, Te Manawa Museum
Simple English (Working title)
Natalie Liverant 
Hearing Impaired (Working title)
Juliet Thomas - Events Developer and Volunteer Coordinator, Te Manawa Museum
2. I say what I see – audio description taster workshop

Venue: Te Manawa - Gallery 5

  • Judith Jones - Visitor Services Host, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

This is a words-on experience – we’ll use spaces and collection items in Te Manawa to explore some of the key aspects of audio-description. Please bring something you can move around with to record your drafts in writing or sound.

You’ll get a feel for how audio description supports our blind and vision impaired visitors to have a more meaningful experience in our museums and galleries.  You’ll learn how to make words work to enable people to create their own images, and then, most importantly, to create their own meaning from these. I’ve found it’s a skill that offers new perspectives and a richer experience for all visitors – even at a distance – and adds a new dimension to my own interpretative practice.

Limit: 12 people

3. Unconfined! Community and the Justice System

Venue: Seminar Room
  • Chair: Jennifer Storer - Public Engagement Manager and  Deputy Director, Canterbury Museum
Engaging with the arts need not be out of bounds for those whose lives have brought them into contact with Youth Justice and the Department of Corrections. This session will both explore the wider scene and then focuses on a local initiative in the Manawatu.
  • Jacqui Moyes - Arts in Prison, Arts Access Aotearo
  • Israel Birch - Ngāpuhi, Ngai Tawake, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Lecturer, Whiti o Rehua School of Art, College of Creative Arts, Massey Universit
  • Rewiti Awapere - Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, , Toioho ki Apiti, School of Art, College of Creative Arts, Massey University and Youth Worker, Manawatū Youth Justice Facility
  • Micahel Moses - Ngāti Raukawa, Muaupoko, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Kuri: Employment Coordinator, Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice Residence, Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki

'TOIREHU – Art intervention at Te Au Rere a Te Tonga – Manawatū Youth Residence. Art, Activism and Inclusion' describes a recent and on-going initiative between lecturers and students from the Māori Visual Arts Programme, School of Art, Massey University, and the Department of Corrections and inmates of the Youth Prison, Manawatū.

This initiative sees the development of a series of large scale artworks being planned, developed and implemented by the team. The project includes youth offenders, the majority of them Māori and Pasifika, working alongside both mid-career and emerging Māori artists. Some of the outcomes include education, training, life- long learning and skill development; cultural understanding and self-awareness; self-management and planning. These outcomes are applicable for all participants within the programme. They are created because the programme is inclusive, collaborative and generative.

While still in its early years, the project is one of the first to engage with the visual arts over a longer period of time inside a youth residence facility.

4:15pm    End of sessions
5:00pm   MA AGM in the Seminar Room
6:15pm   MA Awards Ceremony in the Elwood Room (included in registration)
8:00pm   Conference Dinner in the Conference Room
  • The conference dinner is extra to registration. Please register separately.
  • Tickets are $85 each.
  • Please check your dinner ticket for your table number.