Breaking Barriers: Radical Curatorial Practice - Museums Association

Breaking Barriers: Radical Curatorial Practice

27 September 2023, 1100-1600
Online, Zoom

Image: The Reading Room (c) Tim Soar

With the growth in participatory practice and the drive to tell wider and more inclusive stories with our collections, this event explores how the role of the curator is evolving.  

Using a mix of provocations, panel discussions and breakout forums, speakers explores what skills are needed to create dynamic, engaging and exciting exhibitions and displays. How is the sector bringing in new curatorial voices and expertise, and how can curators tackle urgent contemporary concerns that reflect the changing nature of our communities and their sense of place, identity and wellbeing?  


Jon Sleigh, Arts Educator & Learning Curator (chair)

Donata Miller, Assistant Curator, Africa & Diaspora, V&A

Julie Brown, Collections Curator, The New Art Gallery Walsall

A full programme will be available in due course.

Please note that this event will be recorded and available exclusively to delegates for three months. After that time, it will be made available for members on the Museums Association website.  

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Event fees

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Inclusive event places 

The Benevolent Fund will provide five free places to this event to individual members who face barriers due to ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background, and gender identity or sexual orientation (LGBTQ). 

These free places are part of our wider work towards creating a more inclusive sector. We will also support any accessibility requests such as provision of British Sign Language (BSL), audio description or closed captioning. The deadline to apply for an Inclusive Place is 12 noon on 13 September. 

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Competency Framework

How attending this event helps your professional development.

Our competency framework supports your professional development. It clearly shows different areas of competency and 4 levels within those areas, which you should be aiming to achieve throughout your work.

Our events relate to certain areas of the framework, and we recommend you look at the competency area to help you target your learning and create focus in the event. You may find that attending an event helps you attain the competencies for a higher level, which may contribute to your AMA or other professional development.

This event – Breaking Barriers: Radical Curatorial Practice primarily relates to the Empowering Collections competency area. 

Event details

Date 27 September 2023
Time 1100-1600
Location Online



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