The Past is Now exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will be discussed in one of the sessions

New sessions added to MA Conference programme

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 24.10.2018
Speakers to discuss dissenting artists and decolonising museums
Two extra sessions have been added to the programme for the Museums Association Conference & Exhibition on 8-10 November in Belfast.

One session will look at the move to decolonise museum practice while the other will discuss artists and dissent.

Freelance researcher and consultant Rachael Minott will chair the decolonisation session, which will have a particular focus on The Past is Now exhibition that was held recently at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and had a huge impact, attracting national press coverage.

The speakers are Alison Rooke, a sociologist and independent evaluator, Hannah Graham, a community engagement officer at Birmingham Museums, Miranda Lowe, principal curator at the Natural History Museum, London, and Navjot Mangat, Endeavour Communities Interpretation and Research Advocate at Royal Museums Greenwich.

This session will explore the learning and flaws in practice from recent decolonisation projects, and discuss the extent to which museums themselves may be complicit in maintaining colonial power structures and failing to challenge institutionalised problems.

The dissenting artists session will look at artists’ practices that provoke and challenge accepted certainties and shift perceptions.

The chair is Barbara Dawson, the director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, while the speakers are Eoin Dara, the head of exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and two artists, Amanda Dunmore and Seamus Nolan.