Wednesday 24 May - detailed programme
- This programme may be subject to change
- All events are at the Palmerston North Conference & 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.
- Henriata Nicholas - Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Kahu. Exhibitions Coordinator Te Awamutu Museum
- Ngahuia Te Awekotuku - Te Arawa, Tūhoe, Waikato. Researcher, governer, lecturer, art-maker, critic and exhibitions curator.
- Jemma Parker - Volunteer services coordinator, Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Theresa Cooper - Director; Deaf Community, Education & Awareness, Odd Socks Productions
- Melissa Wells - Masters student, Museum & Heritage Studies, VUW
- Simon Hart - Advocate & peer-mentor
Many of our museums and galleries have made commitments to maanakitanga but how do we fulfil these? Front of house staff are the first point of contact with the human face of the museum for most visitors. While all strive to make all visitors' experiences on site welcoming and memorable, it is not always easy to recognise when visitors find some aspects of their visit and sometimes visitors are too shy to seek help. In this session panellists will share insights from their own experiences as visitors and discuss exploratory museum projects which are working with visitor communities to take practical steps to raise awareness among staff and ensure visitors and their companions and carers all get the best out of their visits. Come and ask the questions you have been too shy to ask in a supportive environment where everyone is wanting to create better visitor experiences for all.
3. Being Chinese in and around New Zealand museums
- Emily Trent - Project Manager, Exhibitions, Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Simon Gould - Senior Content and Interpretation Developer, Exhibitions, Auckland War Memorial Museum
- William McKee - Exhibition Developer, Toitū: Otago Settlers Museum & The Dunedin Chinese Garden
- Sean Brosnahan - Curator, Toitū: Otago Settlers Museum & The Dunedin Chinese Garden
In this interactive session, find out what two museums have learnt from working with their respective Chinese communities. What worked and what didn't?
Auckland Museum firstly linked with the Lantern Festival in its initial efforts to engage with a growing community of new arrivals, international students and more established residents through a variety of programmes.
- Lucy Hammonds, Curator, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
- Lauren Gutsell - Assistant Curator, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
- Riah King-Wall - Public Programmes, Whanganui Regional Museum
- Bridgette Murphy - Creative Director and Centre Co-ordinator, Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre (REACT)
- Jim Richards - Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre (REACT)
Contemporary art can be an powerful agent of inclusivity and participation in both traditional art exhibitions and public programmes. This session will present contrasting approaches for bridging between different audience segments, changing perceptions of what art is and how galleries operate. Speakers will share the ways in which inclusivity informs their work in concept development, content, exhibition-making, programming and ensuring that museum collections reflect and engage the increasing diversity of our communities.
Content – not labels:
Contemporary art curators Lucy Hammonds and Lauren Gutsell, from Dunedin Public Art Gallery, issue a provocation – challenging the need for complex interpretation and delivery strategies, and focusing on the inherent power of contemporary art to engage audiences. This short presentation will focus on recent projects at DPAG, and elsewhere, that meaningfully reach out to diverse audiences through encounters with contemporary art. It will also give an insight into the particular demands, challenges and successes of this curatorial approach.
Part II – the fun stuff! starring Kristelle Plimmer, Riah King-Wall, Bridgette Murphy, Jim Richards and you!
Inclusive practice sounds good, but what actions are needed? This workshop is about the doing, a hands-on interactive experience of inclusion. Join in the fun with Kristelle, Riah, Bridgette and Jim. Bring a willingness to play and your imagination.
- Sabine Doolin - Director, InsightUnlocked, and formerly Audience Strategy & Insights Manager, Tate
This workshop, developed by Sabine with her former colleague Vilma Nikolaidou, Head of Organisational Development, Tate, London, explores how building a diverse culture internally develops attitudes and skills which have positive spinoffs for audience development. Sabine believes that diversity not only adds richness to the world but that a diverse audience and an inclusive culture are essential for organisations’ long-term sustainability and society as a whole.
- Theresa Cooper - Director; Deaf Community, Education & Awareness, Odd Socks Productions
- Stewart Sexton - Director; Business, Education & Awareness, Odd Socks Productions
- Saran Goldie-Anderson - Director; Theatre & Arts, Interpreting, Odd Socks Productions
- Tapunga Nepe - Kaitiaki Māori, Tairāwhiti Museum
- Hineiromia Whaanga - Ronogwhakaata kaumātua and Rongowhakaata Iwi Representative on the Museum Board
- David Jones - Rongowhakaata Iwi member
- Johnny Moetara - Rongowhakaata Iwi member
Four speakers share thinking and experiences around museums, sexuality and gender diversity, led by Siren Deluxe.
- Siren Deluxe - Senior Collection Manager, Collection Care, Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Imagining a NZ Sexual Heritage Collection
- Louisa Hormann - Archives Technician, Research Team, Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Remembering the Evergreen: researching LGBT histories at Te Papa
- Miriam Saphira PhD founder of a lesbian museum
The Charlotte Museum
- Jess Mio - Art Curator, MTG Hawke’s Bay. Jess uses they/them pronouns.
'Beyond the Binary: Sex and Gender Diversity in the Museum.’
1:30pm Wednesday Afternoon 1 – 4 parallel sessions
1. Paths to Accessibility: practical strategies to include access citizens in your museum
Venue: Te Manawa
- Riah King-Wall - Programmes Officer, Whanganui Regional Museum
- Neville Pulmman - Be Accessible
Creating truly accessible museums and galleries is a process we all have a part to play in. What are some of the creative and practical strategies institutions can embrace to create engaging and welcoming spaces for access citizens?
This workshop will introduce participants to a broad definition of accessibility, then take a practical look at how this can be applied in museums through an accessibility review framework which we can then consider as we move through Te Manawa. Finally, everyone involved will be prompted to consider this lens when looking at their own organisations.
Riah King-Wall, Programmes Officer at the Whanganui Regional Museum, will begin with an overarching look at what constitutes accessibility for museum spaces. Recent research will be used to explore the ways museums and galleries around Aotearoa New Zealand are engaging with communities of disabled people and what opportunities there might be for better practice today.
Be. Accessible is a New Zealand social change initiative and a holistic framework for accessibility, with the goal of creating a truly accessible country. Neville Pulman, of Be. Accessible, will demonstrate how changes to physical and digital environments, as well as mindsets, can open up our cultural institutions to wider communities. Taking these learnings and an opportunity framework he will then apply a true accessibility lens as participants explore the Te Manawa exhibition spaces. Everyone involved will then be invited to conduct an assessment of their own institutions using the Be. Accessible framework.
Limit: 40 people.
Venue: The Gallery
- Jane Macknight - Director, Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Archive
- Chloe Searle - Curator Collections and Exhibitions, Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Archive
- Esther Tobin - Content and Interpretation Developer, Auckland Museum
- Victoria Travers - Senior Content and Interpretation Developer, Auckland Museum
This session will analyse two approaches to community engagement - one focussed on building a renewed sense of heritage ownership in a major museum and gallery development in Oamaru and the other a large scale temporary exhibition, Volume - making music in Aotearoa, about the music scene serving a super-diverse urban centre, Auckland.
Both teams were working with highly-invested communities. On the surface, the two projects seem at either end of the spectrum from each other with different goals, styles and objectives. However, there are remarkably common principals which were common to both projects. Using examples and anecdotes of how each played out in our projects, presenters will share how each project team dealt with the unexpected, and lessons learned.
- Matariki Williams - Curator Mātauranga Māori, Te Papa
- Migoto Eria - Curator Mātauranga Māori, Te Papa
In this session Curators Mātauranga Māori, Migoto Eria and Matariki Williams will draw on their recent experiences as part of the museum renewal at Te Papa in how biculturalism is realised in practice. These experiences will be drawn from both their personal and professional lives with the speakers welcoming kōrero from the floor.
It is intended that this session will be interactive and solutions-based while providing a chance for attendees to critically reflect on the way in which their institutions implement bicultural strategies.
Out of the Shadows, into the Light
Diana Corp - President, New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials