Museum of Tomorrow (c) Tomaz Silva/Agência Brasil -

Museum of Tomorrow comes to Glasgow 2016

Patrick Steel, 23.08.2016
Fernandes and Oliveira to discuss how the Rio museum works with its community
Alexandre Fernandes, the audience development director, and Luiz Alberto Oliveira, the chief curator at the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will address the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2016 in Glasgow.

Fernandes and Oliveira will discuss how the museum, which opened last year, is built on the ethical pillars of sustainability and conviviality.

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the museum looks at how society is changing and how we might live in the future, working closely with the deprived communities that live around it.

“Other museums offer a collection of artefacts,” says Oliveria. “We offer a collection of possibilities.”

Other keynotes at Glasgow 2016 include Jackie Kay, the Scots Makar (national poet), Oonagh Aitken, the chief executive of Volunteering Matters, and David Fleming, the president of the Museums Association and the director of National Museums Liverpool (NML).

“I’m looking forward to hearing Alexandre Fernandes and Luiz Oliveira reveal how their museum engages with its local community, and getting an international perspective on a subject that is as relevant to UK museums as it is to those in Brazil,” says Lorraine O’Leary, the MA’s conference and events manager.

“We have a fantastic range of keynote speakers at this year’s conference, who will give delegates a real insight into the issues that face the sector and how we might think about approaching those issues.

“From Jackie Kay’s thoughts on people and places to Oonagh Aitken’s take on the transformative power of volunteering, our conference keynotes will provide food for thought for all those who work in the sector, complementing a range of sessions discussing best practice and the latest thinking about museums, galleries and
heritage sites from the UK and internationally.”

“We look forward to welcoming delegates for three days of sessions, practical workshops, evening events and networking in Glasgow in November.”

The conference takes place at the SECC in Glasgow from 7-9 November. Fernandes and Oliveira will be speaking at 4.30pm on Tuesday 8 November.

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